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Old September 11th, 2016, 10:56 PM   #3161
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They still want to expand the expressway system by tens of thousands of kilometers, the current investment level is still some $ 12 billion every single year.

Perhaps they plan to open even more mileage at once in December.
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Old September 20th, 2016, 09:23 PM   #3162
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toll road losses

China's toll road losses double in 2015

China's toll roads reported losses of 319 billion yuan ($48 billion) in 2015, more than double the loss made in 2014, due to a sharp rise in loan repayments, a report said Tuesday.

Tollgates nationwide posted a total revenue of 410 billion yuan last year, higher than the 392 billion yuan registered in 2014, according to a Ministry of Transport (MOT) annual report. However, any increase was dwarfed by expenditure, which stood at 729 billion yuan, in contrast to 549 billion yuan the previous year.
Full report: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1007374.shtml

China's toll road losses are ballooning quickly.

toll revenue
* 2013: 365 billion yuan
* 2014: 392 billion yuan
* 2015: 410 billion yuan

annual loss
* 2013: 66 billion yuan
* 2014: 157 billion yuan
* 2015: 319 billion yuan

There is some 160,000 - 170,000 kilometers of toll road in China. Approximately two-thirds of those are expressways, but tolls are also levied on many other roads.
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Old September 21st, 2016, 04:41 PM   #3163
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Are these roads publicly or privately owned?
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Old September 21st, 2016, 05:11 PM   #3164
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They appear to be owned by government enterprises, probably one for each province, as mainline toll booths tend to be located near provincial borders.
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Old September 22nd, 2016, 01:24 AM   #3165
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There is some 160,000 - 170,000 kilometers of toll road in China. Approximately two-thirds of those are expressways, but tolls are also levied on many other roads.
Seen that in Japan as well, simple 2x1 rural road, then a toll gate suddenly pops up like out of nowhere ...
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Old October 25th, 2016, 02:04 PM   #3166
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World's first multiple-span cable-stayed bridge to open in Hunan
The world's first multiple-span cable-stayed bridge in Chishi in South China's Hunan Province is near completion. The Chishi bridge project started in 2010 and will open to traffic on Friday. The bridge is a critical part of the Xiamen Chengdu Expressway project and spans 1,500m across the valley with an average height of 270m.



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Old October 25th, 2016, 03:27 PM   #3167
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Nice, but there are numerous multi-span cable-stayed bridges in the world, such as the Viaduc de Millau in France, Rio-Antirrio Bridge in Greece or the Puente Orinoquia in Venezuela.
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Old October 28th, 2016, 04:35 PM   #3168
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I don't know how this expressway is numbered. Chinese Wikipedia and Baidu Maps don't show a number. It is said that this was previously planned as part of G76 from Guiyang to Bijie, as it is shorter than the current G76 route via Nayong.

The Yachi Bridge is amazing:
This is my province. 25 years ago, it would took about 10-12 hours to get to Guiyang from Bijie by coach. That was about 240km.
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Old November 13th, 2016, 12:57 PM   #3169
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Humen Second Bridge

Recent drone footage of the Humen Second Bridge near Guangzhou. It consists of two large suspension bridges, one with a 1200 m span and one with a 1688 m span, which will be the second longest span in the world.

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Old November 13th, 2016, 05:10 PM   #3170
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A staggering 335 kilometer segment of the Hegang - Dalian (Heda) Expressway opened to traffic in Jilin province, China. It runs from the Heilongjiang border all the way to Tonghua, completing the 1377 km expressway from Hegang to Dalian.

http://www.jlhighway.com/zwgk/zcfg/g...026_22514.html
Not so fast, the Songhua river bridge near Jiamusi (Heilongjiang province) is still missing. Also, I'm not sure if some other sections in Heilongjiang are actually up to expressway standards.
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Old November 19th, 2016, 12:25 AM   #3171
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The 20 kilometer long Zhangjiagang Port Expressway opened to traffic in Jiangsu province, China. It runs from G42S to the Port of Zhangjiagang on the Yangtze River. It is a six-lane expressway, construction lasted for four years and has cost 3.1 billion yuan ($ 450 million).

http://www.js.xinhuanet.com/2016-11/16/c_1119925081.htm
Notice how this part of G42S (Still labelled as Jiangsu S38 in Baidu Maps) is actually North of G42. The same happens with parts of G4E, G4W3 and G15W3.

BTW, I find weird that they assigned a 'secondary' number (G42) to an important expressway like the Shanghai-Nanjing one. It deserves a Gx0 number (it is also G2 East of Wuxi anyway). They should truncate G42 to Jinzhai in Western Anhui, realign G40 onto the Shanghai-Nanjing expressway and extend G36 over current G40 along the left bank of the Yangtze.
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Old December 11th, 2016, 01:37 AM   #3172
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When did this happen? When did it open?
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Old December 11th, 2016, 11:18 AM   #3173
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It was inaugurated on 18 December 2014. It's one of those expressways that has a lower standard in Western China. It's mostly the twinning of the old main road, with some new alignments and tunnels.

It's also the world's highest expressway, it reaches 4824 meters at the Bayan Har Pass.
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Old December 11th, 2016, 12:08 PM   #3174
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A 212 kilometer segment of G7 Beijing - rmqi Expressway in Inner Mongolia has finally opened to traffic. It runs from the Shanxi border to Hohhot, running parallel to G6. It has six lanes.

The history of this expressway is a little confusing. A completion was mentioned in December 2015, although Google Earth imagery shows the expressway completed in 2014. However newer imagery from 2016 shows no traffic on it.

The intermediate city of Ulanqab now has 3 bypasses to the south, the older G6 expressway, a four lane controlled-access G110 and now also G7 expressway, which runs right next to G110 at some points.

http://www.wulanchabu.gov.cn/informa...856845301.html
A bit weird they haven't opened this earlier, it has been marked for a long time in Baidu Maps. Anyway, if you get to Inner Mongolia/Shanxi border you will have to turn around, as the short Shanxi section is still under construction. The last usable exit is back at Xinghe X565 (Now I check satellite imagery, it might be possible to take a back road from the turnaround at the temporary end of the expressway and reach Shanxi S201 from there). However I'm waiting to the big one, and the reason why I nicknamed G7 the 'Middle of Nowhere expressway': The solo section from Linhe/Bayannur to East of Hami/Kumul (At least it parallels existing roads up to West of Ejin banner, but then is really a trek through nowhere, only intersecting another numbered road in Mazhongshan, Gansu).
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The G7 trek through the Gobi Desert is some 1,200 kilometers. I'm surprised they actually built this, even by Chinese standards the cost-benefit ratio will be extremely poor. There is nothing out there, just this town of Ejin located hundreds of kilometers from other towns that G7 will serve.

Of course, it will be considerably shorter for traffic from Beijing to Xinjiang. But that is more than 2,000 kilometers, how many people or trucks will benefit from it? Maybe a few hundred per day?

Most satellite imagery of the Gobi Desert is from 2013 or before, much of the route cannot be found on it yet, except near Bayan Nur and Kumul. However, it seems that they did build a railroad along the same route a few years ago.
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Old December 11th, 2016, 04:39 PM   #3176
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The S82 Zhengzhou - Minquan Expressway in Henan province is now complete. The easternmost 48 kilometer segment from S83 to G30 at Minquan opened to traffic on 26 September.



The G30 interchange. G30 has been eight-laned throughout Henan.
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Old December 13th, 2016, 05:33 PM   #3177
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Dongting Lake Bridge, Yueyang

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The Yueyang section of the G56 Hangzhou - Ruili (Hangrui) Expressway opened to traffic in Hunan province. It does not include the large suspension bridge across Dongting Lake / Xiang River, which will open in December 2017, so it appears that a 27 kilometer eastern segment from G4 to Yueyang and a 13 kilometer western segment around Junshan opened to traffic.

http://www.hn.xinhuanet.com/2016-12/13/c_1120105385.htm
The Dongting Lake Bridge of G56 at Yueyang:



Chinese Wikipedia claims that the pylons are 206 meters tall.

The suspension bridge has a main span of 1,480 meters, which would make it a top 10 span in the world.
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Old December 15th, 2016, 05:15 PM   #3178
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Nice footage of the Chishi Bridge (G76, Xiarong Expressway) in Hunan province.

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Old December 17th, 2016, 01:29 PM   #3179
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G4218 Yaye Expressway

Recent satellite imagery shows a twin-tube tunnel under a mountain pass 150 kilometers east of Lhasa under construction. The tunnel portals are located almost 4,800 meters above sea level.

This is a part of the G4218 Ya'an - Yecheng (Kargilik) / Yaye Expressway.

east/north portal


west/south portal


It is not the highest expressway in China, the Xili Expressway (G0613) from Xining to Yushu in Qinghai reaches 4,824 meters at the Bayan Har Pass (and is not tunneled at that pass).

Furthermore, satellite imagery reveals an approximately 180 kilometer segment of expressway completed from Nyingchi Airport to west of Gongbo'gyamda, which is in eastern Tibet. 2016 imagery also shows the expressway completed east of Lhasa to past Dagze, so they are quite serious about constructing the Yaye Expressway in Tibet.
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Old December 26th, 2016, 04:34 PM   #3180
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