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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:44 AM   #721
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The rural freeways look nice but why did they make the median so small? In the United States some medians are as wide as a football field. If China needed to expand a certain rural freeway they can't add any lanes to the interior.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 10:49 AM   #722
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China's new expressways are extremely impressive.
Some of the interchanges look like they had a lot of engineering and thought going into them, judging by their geometrics and aesthetics.

But some of them... could use a little improvement. Some don't have shoulders and have tight corners?
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Old August 9th, 2007, 05:06 PM   #723
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Some intercity expressways may look empty, but i bet they will look much busier when China REALLY got mass mobility.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 05:15 PM   #724
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Very impressive.

The more rural roads look a little overbuilt. But that will be a good thing as car ownership in China continues to grow. It seems as though the engineers in China have put foresight in the design.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 06:59 PM   #725
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Wow China building, crazy with there highways!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 10:57 AM   #726
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nice pics,city express way is impressive.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 11:48 AM   #727
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urban expressway/ringroad





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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:40 PM   #728
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Old August 10th, 2007, 08:38 PM   #729
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I have fear of the chinese
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Old August 30th, 2007, 10:09 AM   #730
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its great, and na... hope they can manage and maintenance them well
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Old September 1st, 2007, 02:46 AM   #731
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The difference between American and Chinese travel patterns is that Americans love to travel long distances on their car but the Chinese are the opposite. Those videos or pics illustrating China's exploding car-market where one can see clogged highways, roads and streets are true only in the cities. Rural Chinese roads are still largely under-used. But, sooner or later that would change and, eventually, Chinese "car-culture" would become more similar to their American counterparts. However, China's advantage is that it has aggressively expanded its high-speed railway network alongside its expressway network expansion. Therefore, there is a dualism in the modes of transportation that its more than 1.3 billion people can use.
Yeah, the diversification of transportation such as highways, railways, airways and even waterways makes people choose with an ease. It also creates more competition and that means more improvisation in the future. The people is on win/win position for all this matter. I guess China studied the mistakes the other countries made.
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Old September 14th, 2007, 01:53 PM   #732
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New Highway in Anhui! This highway connects Tongling (铜陵 ) and Huangshan (黄山 ).

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Old September 25th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #733
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Can any one summarized the expressways completed in 2007?
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Old September 26th, 2007, 01:41 PM   #734
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Can any one summarized the expressways completed in 2007?
There are too many of them. New bridges, expressways are opening in somewhere China almost every day. You can see it at (sorry it's a Chinese site)

http://www.china-highway.com

I plan to have a summary of all the big ones on a yearly basis.

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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:01 PM   #735
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When will China ever have interchanges as big as those found in Houton, Dallas, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Francisco and Los Angeles? I mean, yes some interchanges are kinda large but none have scales as large as the Orange Crush.
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Old September 26th, 2007, 02:45 PM   #736
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hugh interchange is not necesarily a good thing, it's more like a resolution to worsening traffic or a poorly-designed highway system. It also causes navigation problem (think what happens if you missed an exit on Orange Crush) and high building/maintenance cost. If I'm the civil planner, I'll try to avoid it at the first place.

But it may happen in China when the current interchange can not handle the increasing traffic or more expressways need to intersect at the same spot, all of which are due to bad road planning or traffic projections.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 08:17 PM   #737
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Although, I can truly say Chinese highways/expressways look good. They're quality and efficiency still pale in comparison to German and Japanese highway/expressways. I'm still wishing China could have its own version of the German Autobahn (by far, the best highway system in the world).
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Old September 28th, 2007, 05:24 AM   #738
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Although, I can truly say Chinese highways/expressways look good. They're quality and eficiency still pale in comparison to German and Japanese highway/expressways. I'm still wishing China could have its own version of the German Autobahn (by far, the best highway system in the world).
true but you can not compare China with developed countries in terms of quality and efficiency.

Almost all China's expressways are toll road since the investors need time to get back their investment. I heard till this year Shanghai comes up with a set of highway construction standard for its special soft soil. And China has not even have time to make a natonal expressway numbering system because too many new roads are being constructed every year.

All these need to improve with the economic development.

China's advantage is cheap labor cost which makes maintenance easier; and its central management and land policy makes decisions and implementation be quicker and more efficient, that's something developed countries don't have, and something crucial to all developing countries.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 08:42 PM   #739
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Xi'an-Hanzhong expressway opens on Sep 30 3007

Xi'an-Hanzhong expressway is an important part of Beijing-Kunming expressway. With length of only 255km, it's one of the most difficult expressways to build in China.

Length: 255km
Interchange: 13
Service areas: 5
Bridges: 540
Tunnels: 136

Building: 5 years
Cost: 13.88 bln yuan
Width: 4 lanes
Speed limit: 100km/h





















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Old September 29th, 2007, 01:57 AM   #740
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Although, I can truly say Chinese highways/expressways look good. They're quality and eficiency still pale in comparison to German and Japanese highway/expressways. I'm still wishing China could have its own version of the German Autobahn (by far, the best highway system in the world).
That is bullshit!

I have been to Germany, Japan, US, and China. Have you ever been to China? If not (Most likely you have never been to China), stop bullshiting here.
China's expressways are as good as that of Japan and Germany, period.

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