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Old February 6th, 2017, 05:06 PM   #3221
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Liuguanghe Bridge

The Liuguanghe Bridge of the Xiqian Expressway (S30) opened to traffic on 26 January in Guizhou province. It is a 375 meter high cable-stayed bridge across the Wujiang Gorge, between Xifeng and Qianxi.

* length: 1280 m
* main span: 580 m
* height (deck): 375 m
* highest pylon: 248 m

More info: http://highestbridges.com/wiki/index..._Bridge_Xiqian



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Old February 8th, 2017, 08:41 PM   #3222
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Heavy rescue in Chongqing, a truck ended up hanging over a cliff, they had to rescue a family from it.

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Old March 10th, 2017, 11:10 PM   #3223
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Old April 12th, 2017, 05:29 PM   #3224
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Guangdong

Guangdong revised its expressway numbering last month.

A very large map displaying the new numbers: http://www.gdcd.gov.cn/u/cms/www/myN...ff6cc71116.jpg

The numbering is not radically changed, most routes retained their number, some were extended and some were relocated to other routes, evidently mostly to accommodate the new G-routes in favor of S-routes.

They seem to exclude any duplication of G- and S-routes, except for some brief concurrencies. No more S-routes that run entirely concurrent with a longer G-route.

The most radical change appears to be the elimination of S82 as the ring road of Foshan, which is now a part of four different routes. Also, S14 will be a mega 860 kilometer bypass of the Pearl River Delta metropolis. It won't even be that much longer than G15.

Interestingly, they do plan to build several more large bridge connections across the Pearl River Delta. In addition to the Macau - Hong Kong Bridge (G94), there is also the second Humen Bridge under construction (S6). However they plan three more river crossings, S37, S24 and G2518, the latter will be quite a long crossing.

Also, the network of expressways around Guangzhou is just mind-boggling. It dwarfs the freeway system of Los Angeles for example, and in very difficult terrain. It's a river delta with a very complex system of river distributaries and channels, so basically every expressway has several large bridge crossings, some are mostly elevated. It seems there will be six bypasses on the north side of Guangzhou (S81, S8, G15, G94, S16, S14). There will also be four east-west expressways west of Zhuhai / Macau.
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Old April 13th, 2017, 11:53 AM   #3225
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It appears there has been an oversight, as S9912 is duplicated (as Shantou north ring and a connector from Hunan border to G4 North of Ruyuan). They have reused the S1, S8, S10, S20, S26 and S27 designations elsewhere as those were upgraded to national expressways (In this order: G4W3, G4W2, G6011, G15W3, G2518, G4E), and they also moved the S6 and S37 designations (the former is the new S20, the latter is now S73). And there's yet another example of Chinese reluctancy to concurrencies, as they have realigned G35 away from G25 between Xingning and South of Heyuan. And S60 and G6011 are unrelated, the latter being a child of G60 which runs nowhere near Guangdong.
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Old April 14th, 2017, 06:00 AM   #3226
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Its a nice map, if you take into account that someone used Paint to make it. Looks funny if you enlarge
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Old April 15th, 2017, 06:38 AM   #3227
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With freeways even in Tibet, how is the road leading from China to Vladivostok? Are they plans to upgrade it to motorway standard on both sides?
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Old April 19th, 2017, 05:12 PM   #3228
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The official number is out. There was 7,400 km of expressway newly opened in 2016. The total mileage of road in China is 4,696,300 km by the end of 2016, including 131,000 km expressways.

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Old April 19th, 2017, 05:17 PM   #3229
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With freeways even in Tibet, how is the road leading from China to Vladivostok? Are they plans to upgrade it to motorway standard on both sides?
Expressways on the Chinese side are already built. However regarding the Russian side I wouldn't bet my money on it. Especially given Russia's nonexistent track record of building motorways.
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Old April 19th, 2017, 05:37 PM   #3230
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G10 and G12 end a few kilometers from the Russian border, north and south of Vladivostok respectively. There are also a number of expressways built to border towns farther north in Heilongjiang. For example there is an expressway going up to Heihe, but there isn't even a bridge across the Amur to Blagoveshchensk. They also built an expressway to the Khabarovsk area, there is no significant town on the Chinese side and no bridge into Russia even.

It's interesting that northeastern Heilongjiang has quite a lot of cultivated land and agriculture, on the Russian side it's mostly wilderness except for the area close to Khabarovsk.
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Old April 21st, 2017, 09:52 PM   #3231
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Construction begins on section of Beijing-Urumqi Expressway

Construction of a section of the Beijing-Urumqi Expressway in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region started on Friday, local authorities said.

The Wutongdaquan-Mulei expressway is the last section on the Beijing-Urumqi Expressway in the region.

The section measures about 515 km with four lanes. At a cost of 17.8 billion yuan (2.6 billion U.S. dollars), the work is scheduled to take three years when the expressway will be complete, said Wang Tingwu, an official with the regional transport department.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20..._136226848.htm

I can't find a place called Wutongdaquan in Google Earth, but Mulei / Mori is located along G335 east of Ürümqi.

However if you track the G7 through northern Gansu, you can see it under construction west into Xinjiang, ending east of Kumul at G30. I wonder what they plan to do there. I can only guess they want to build a new route from the Gansu border to Mulei / Mori north of the mountain ranges (closer to Mongolia). So there will be G30 south of the mountains and G7 north of the mountains.
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 12:25 AM   #3232
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Wutongdaquan appears to be East of Wulataixiang, which appears on Google Maps and is near where G7 meets G30. The map on Wikipedia appears to confirm your guess, and they will downgrade the Wutongdaquan to Wulataixiang section to a provincial (Sxx) expressway.
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Old April 22nd, 2017, 06:33 PM   #3233
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I can't find a place called Wutongdaquan in Google Earth, but Mulei / Mori is located along G335 east of Ürümqi.
It in in Hami area

http://www.maplandia.com/china/xinji.../wutongdaquan/

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G20 Qingyin Expressway

Another massive expansion project in Shandong province. A 309 kilometer segment of G20 will be expanded from four to eight lanes all the way from Qingdao to Jinan. This expressway originally opened in 1993 as one of the earliest long-distance expressways in China. The expansion started in January 2016 and has a price tag of $ 4.5 billion.

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Guizun Expressway

A new expressway is being built in Guizhou province, the Guiyang - Zunyi Expressway, also known as the Guizun Expressway. It will run parallel to the older G75 (Lanhai Expressway) which was built in 2007.

The new Guizun Expressway contains several bridges, including a bridge across the Wujiang, which has a 200 meter high deck.

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G3511 Hebao Expressway

I found an unfinished expressway project in Henan province. The segment of G3511 Heze - Baoji Expressway (Hebao Expressway) has seen no construction for at least 9 years.

Although I've read about some projects being stalled in China due to a lack of money, I've never seen an expressway being stopped for this long.

It is located east of Changyuan. It was part of the Changji Expressway (S28) when it started construction, the number G3511 wasn't introduced until 2013.



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G4211 Ningwu Expressway

They moved the Nanjing - Wuhu Expressway (Ningwu Expressway) in the city of Ma'anshan in Anhui province to make way for an urban expansion project.

The road was originally built in the mid-1990s as a bypass of Ma'anshan. Although it wasn't considered an expressway at that time, it was a four-lane divided highway with no at-grade access (except for unofficial village dirt roads leading to the shoulder).

It became connected to the Nanjing - Ma'anshan section of G4211 in 1998 and became part of the G4211 in 2005 when the Ma'anshan - Huwu section opened to traffic. It was moved to its current location in 2012.

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Kaixian, Chongqing

Check out the unbelievable redevelopment of the city of Kaixian over a period of 13 years. The old city is completely demolished and replaced by a new city.



Kaixian was one of the poorest areas of Chongqing, the Three Gorges Dam caused the historic city center to flood. They demolished almost the entire original city and built it higher up the banks. It's not on the Yangtze River, but on a tributary.

Soon it will be a center of transportation, in December 2006 the Wankai Expressway opened to traffic, linking Kaixian to G42. However in the future G69 and G5012 will intersect near Kaixian, turning the spur expressway into a major route.
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It has not been Kai county since June of last year, having been renamed to Kaizhou upon becoming a district. And for some reason I thought G5012 would run from Wanzhou directly into Dazhou in neighboring Sichuan, but they have routed it through Kaizhou.
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G15 Shenhai Expressway

A 40 kilometer segment of G15 Shenyang - Haikou (Shenhai) Expressway will be expanded from six to ten lanes between 2018 and 2024, around the northern side of Guangzhou.



Although eight-lane sections of expressway are increasingly common in China (even over long distances), ten-lane expressways are pretty rare, usually confined to a few short urban expressways. This may be the longest ten-lane configuration of any national expressway yet.

The project cost is 10.5 billion RMB, or $ 1.5 billion. They will also increase the design speed from 80 to 100/120 km/h.
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