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Old November 5th, 2010, 04:30 PM   #1641
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Old November 7th, 2010, 08:50 PM   #1642
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Old November 8th, 2010, 09:37 PM   #1643
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wow. I missed that they want to make expressway across Taiwan strait. (narrowest part=131km)
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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:01 AM   #1644
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China’s First expressway in Tibet to open May’11

(TibetanReview.net, Dec16, 2010)

China said Dec 14 that it was on course to complete the first expressway in the Tibet Autonomous Region by Mar’11, in time for its opening in May’11. The expressway, a four-lane road linking Lhasa city proper and Gongkar Airport, had entered its final stage and would open in six months as expected, reported China’s official Xinhuanet news service Dec 14.

The report said that about 85 percent of the 38-km expressway had been completed, and workers were now focused on a 389-metre tunnel in the craggy mountains near Gongkar Airport. It cited Li Dingkun, an ethnic Chinese who is the leader of the construction team, as saying the tunnel would be completed by Mar’11, in time for the expressway to open in May’11 as scheduled.

The Lhasa-Gongkar Expressway runs along the southern bank of the Lhasa River, a tributary of Yarlung Tsangpo (Brahmaputra in India).

The report added that the 1.55 billion yuan (US$232.7 million) project would ease traffic pressure along the Lhasa section of the No. 318 national highway that sees frequent flooding and traffic jams.

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Old December 29th, 2010, 08:03 AM   #1645
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Nearly 9,000 km expressways built in 2010 (12.28)



The total expressway length has reached 74,000km by the end of 2010. The total road network is 3.983 million km.

The whole "7918" network will be completed by 2015.

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Updated Historical Development of Expressway Length in China

Year Distance (KM)
01-01-1988 0
01-01-1989 147
01-01-1990 271
01-01-1991 522
01-01-1992 574
01-01-1993 652
01-01-1994 1145
01-01-1995 1603
01-01-1996 2141
01-01-1997 3422
01-01-1998 4771
01-01-1999 8733
01-01-2000 11605
01-01-2001 16314
01-01-2002 19453
01-01-2003 25200
01-01-2004 29800
01-01-2005 34300
01-01-2006 41005
01-01-2007 45339
01-01-2008 53913
01-01-2009 60346
01-01-2010 65065
01-01-2011 74000
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Old December 29th, 2010, 11:56 PM   #1646
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Nearly 9,000 km expressways built in 2010 (12.28)



The total expressway length has reached 74,000km by the end of 2010. The total road network is 3.983 million km.

The whole "7918" network will be completed by 2015.

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Updated Historical Development of Expressway Length in China

Year Distance (KM)
01-01-1988 0
01-01-1989 147
01-01-1990 271
01-01-1991 522
01-01-1992 574
01-01-1993 652
01-01-1994 1145
01-01-1995 1603
01-01-1996 2141
01-01-1997 3422
01-01-1998 4771
01-01-1999 8733
01-01-2000 11605
01-01-2001 16314
01-01-2002 19453
01-01-2003 25200
01-01-2004 29800
01-01-2005 34300
01-01-2006 41005
01-01-2007 45339
01-01-2008 53913
01-01-2009 60346
01-01-2010 65065
01-01-2011 74000
9000KM of new expressway contructed in one year is beyond amazing! China's current expressway network (74000 km) is almost as big as the Interstate system of the USA (~75000 km). Of course, the USA also has expressways that are not part of the Interstate system.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:30 AM   #1647
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The historical numbers are really informative.

The 9000 km expressways completed in 2010 are more than all expressways in China before 1999.

From 2007 to 2010 (4 years), almost 29,000km of expressways were built.

Construction of many expressways started in 2009, so when they are to be completed in the next few years, we will see another leap in the total length.

China still needs a lot of transportation infrastructures, and the construction boom of airports and high speed rail did not slow down expressway construction at all. US has around 100,000 km of expressways. It's going to take a couple of years for Chinese expressway system to reach that number.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:36 AM   #1648
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on the news
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2...t_11767623.htm

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China's freeways extend 74,000 kilometers
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Updated: 2010-12-28 22:30

BEIJING -- China has built 33,000 kilometers of new freeways over the past five years, taking the country's total to 74,000 kilometers, the country's top transportation official said Tuesday.

The total was still short of the 100,000 kilometers of expressways in the United States, the longest in the world, Li Shenglin, China's Minister of Transport said at a national conference on transportation.

Meanwhile, 639,000 kilometers of new roads were built over the past five years, with 527,000 kilometers of them built in rural areas, bringing the country's road length to well over 3.98 million kilometers, Li said.

According to the government's freeway development plan over the next five years, Li forecast China would complete construction of seven new freeways radiating out from the capital city of Beijing, nine expressways running north to south, as well as an extra 18 thruways running east to west.

By the end of the 12th Five-Year-Plan period (2011-2015), Li believed China could overtake the United States in terms of freeway developments and rank the first on earth in this regard.
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Old December 31st, 2010, 04:07 AM   #1649
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It's something so funny to read about a so amazingly huge developement and five-year-plans at the same time :o
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Old December 31st, 2010, 04:25 AM   #1650
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Gotta hand it to the Chinese Government..They definitely know what they're doing. GO CHINA!!
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Old January 2nd, 2011, 01:47 AM   #1651
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9000KM of new expressway contructed in one year is beyond amazing! China's current expressway network (74000 km) is almost as big as the Interstate system of the USA (~75000 km). Of course, the USA also has expressways that are not part of the Interstate system.
Correct, if we count all the expressway rated roads in America we have over 100,000km of them. A lot of sections of "US Highways" or "State Routes" are built to the same standards as Interstates.
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 06:06 PM   #1652
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Correct, if we count all the expressway rated roads in America we have over 100,000km of them. A lot of sections of "US Highways" or "State Routes" are built to the same standards as Interstates.
are those "state routes"you mentioned all without any traffic light(全封闭in chinese)?
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Old January 3rd, 2011, 06:09 PM   #1653
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This is an example of a freeway-grade State Route

State Route 91 in California:
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Old January 4th, 2011, 02:55 AM   #1654
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are those "state routes"you mentioned all without any traffic light(全封闭in chinese)?
Yep. There is no requirement that a highway in the USA that is built to full freeway standards carry an 'interstate' route number. Some of the busiest highways in the USA are NOT 'interstates' (see: CA 91 above - it connects the southern Los Angeles metro area, including Orange County, with the Riverside County/'Inland Empire' area).

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Old January 4th, 2011, 04:33 AM   #1655
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Yep. There is no requirement that a highway in the USA that is built to full freeway standards carry an 'interstate' route number. Some of the busiest highways in the USA are NOT 'interstates' (see: CA 91 above - it connects the southern Los Angeles metro area, including Orange County, with the Riverside County/'Inland Empire' area).

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thank you very much, i get it now.
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Old January 4th, 2011, 08:38 PM   #1657
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By the end of the 12th Five-Year-Plan period (2011-2015), Li believed China could overtake the United States in terms of freeway developments and rank the first on earth in this regard.
I just hope that once Chinese overtake the USA in terms of motorway development, they will not kill their own railroad just like it was done in the USA
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Old January 4th, 2011, 09:04 PM   #1658
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don't worry about that, China's high speed rail is a huge success so far
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Old January 5th, 2011, 07:31 PM   #1659
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Old January 6th, 2011, 12:01 AM   #1660
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I just hope that once Chinese overtake the USA in terms of motorway development, they will not kill their own railroad just like it was done in the USA
That's something we don't have to worry about given the speed of recent HSR and metro constructions, at least for now anyway.
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