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Old March 4th, 2007, 03:32 AM   #661
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Old March 5th, 2007, 08:40 AM   #662
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Are there actually "S" and "X" roads?

Either way, very nice pictures of the roads in China.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:33 PM   #663
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Old March 6th, 2007, 03:39 PM   #664
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Old March 7th, 2007, 02:12 AM   #666
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I dont like these freeways,, i dont know, they look ugly..
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Old March 7th, 2007, 05:50 AM   #667
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Show us some beautiful freeways that you know, please.

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Old March 7th, 2007, 01:37 PM   #668
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I like those expressways, but i wonder if they are maintained so well as they look like right now.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 10:47 AM   #669
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I like those expressways, but i wonder if they are maintained so well as they look like right now.
All expressways are tolled, even after the construction cost is paid off, so they have plenty of budget to do maintenance, and I found most Chinese expressways are better maintained than US Interstates.
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Old March 10th, 2007, 12:54 PM   #670
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I found most Chinese expressways are better maintained than US Interstates.
That's not so weird, since most Chinese Expressways are less than 10 years old, and most US Interstates nearly 50 years.
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Old March 13th, 2007, 12:24 AM   #671
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I dont like these freeways,, i dont know, they look ugly..
They look nice but I do prefer the wide medians we see in the rural United States. Why have a wall separating 4 lanes of traffic when you could have more space in the middle?










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Old March 13th, 2007, 03:45 AM   #672
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but I do prefer the wide medians we see in the rural United States.
So do I. but you know we have the largest population in the world. we have to save land.
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Very nice indeed. Is the government going to speed up the expressway building? Some say it might be 90 000 km before 2020 instead of the lower earlier estimates? How much does a "regular" car cost in China, like the type that most people buy. In renminbi please. It will indeed be interesting to see the rise of the car in China. I think we are definitely looking at 400 million+ vehicles in China by 2020.
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They look nice but I do prefer the wide medians we see in the rural United States. Why have a wall separating 4 lanes of traffic when you could have more space in the middle?
Fantastic pics, having a wide central median also gives a more relaxed feel to the whole setting.
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Fantastic pics, having a wide central median also gives a more relaxed feel to the whole setting.
I agree, that's the best part of US interstates, however, a lot of the highway pics we see are in densenly populated areas where land is bought from farmers (or seized from them in some cases), therefore they can't afford to have large medians. While the US highways can add lanes in the center, Chinese highways have to be widen, such as the Shanghai-Nanjing expressway, it was quite a headache to get all the land needed.
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Old March 14th, 2007, 12:43 PM   #676
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thats crazy, but as mentioned before, it gives you a generous impression...

in the less dense populated western china provinces, it should be possible to built higways like that....

Do you knwo if there are some uc?
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Old March 15th, 2007, 10:39 AM   #677
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China really is a mountainous country, most of the plains are concentrated in the east, so a lot of the highways in the west are built in between mountains. The only exceptions are highways in the northwestern deserts, but really, they are just two lane highways, no expressways exist in that region.
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Old March 18th, 2007, 12:38 PM   #678
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They look nice but I do prefer the wide medians we see in the rural United States. Why have a wall separating 4 lanes of traffic when you could have more space in the middle?
the median things is primarily designed to prevent drivers' eyes from dazzled by the light from opposite side at night, and many other functions...
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Old March 20th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #679
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the wide spaceing inbetween opposing lanes of traffic in North America is made to ease future expensions. This way they could expend inwards instead of demolishing things outwards.

I don't think the Chinese government sees a need to expend these freeways. Because China is much car centric than we are in Canada or the United States. If these highways gets over congisted, all they would do is increase the toll and half the drivers would take the train. And China actually have a functioning intercity rail transit system.
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Old March 21st, 2007, 07:14 AM   #680
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Yeah, I am actually concerned about these highways in China. Many have no space for expandability. While the population are starting to rely on cars (and growing fast), there might be a possibility that those expressways will be congested in 10 - 15 years. In U.S, with only under 300 million in population, the interstate highways are already congested. Most of our interstate highways traffic starts in the Intersection of two major highways. We already built many spaghetti-like intersections (they are pricey, longer to build and they require larger space) and its costing the government billions of dollars. I hope the Chinese Gov realize the importance of this because it will be too late once it happened.

Check Dubai for example. They are building too many skyscrapers but they are not building too many highways. The population is growing real fast and there are only few roads. You can't do that. Transportation movement is a big priority to boost the economy. Now, the city is suffering of slow traffic and accidents (one accident per day). Now, they have to wait for 2 - 3 years for their metro and highways to complete so that the traffic may ease (I hope it will but i doubt that due to heavy population growth).

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