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Old March 26th, 2011, 10:09 AM   #1741
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yes it's legal... it's a specially designed truck

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Old March 28th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #1742
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非常美好的风景!高速公路也看来很好。
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Old March 30th, 2011, 11:33 AM   #1743
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A lucky escape for these bus passengers

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Old April 30th, 2011, 07:16 PM   #1744
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Two elevated expressways - the Ma'anshan Road Elevated Expressway and the Yuxi
Road Elevated Expressway - will open to traffic during the upcoming May Day holiday.

The 4.5-kilometer Ma'anshan Road Elevated Expressway runs from Xiaodongmen in Hefei, capital city of Anhui province, to the Chaohu Lake. Travel time from downtown to the lakeside will be shortened by roughly 70 percent to 10 minutes once the overhead highway is available.

A majority of the construction project has been finished, while the Tunxi Road Ramp, a section linking the expressway and the Tunxi Road, is expected to be completed after three months and minor facilities at some crossings are still under improvement, according to Ren Qinglong, who takes charge of the project. The retardation is a result of underground construction of the No.1 metro line which coincides with the elevated expressway, he said. The Ma'anshan Road Elevated Expressway will stay open to traffic despite those ongoing works.

May 1 will also see the other road, the Yuxi Road Elevated Expressway, open to traffic. The 1.1-kilometer highway joins the Datong Road to the east and the Binhe Road to the west, with eight lanes totaling 60 meters wide. The construction began last September.

Drivers will spend only about seven minutes on a single trip from downtown Hefei to Daxing town, Feidong county via the overhead expressway in contrast to a 40-minute drive previously.

(by Zheng Weiling)

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Old April 30th, 2011, 07:19 PM   #1745
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Wow, that elevated expressway would make for a fantastic road video!
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Old April 30th, 2011, 07:44 PM   #1746
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Is the Chinese Govt working on improving Chinese Driving Habits and licenses?
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Old April 30th, 2011, 09:18 PM   #1747
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Is the Chinese Govt working on improving Chinese Driving Habits and licenses?

Yeah I've seen videos of the driving done in China they may have really impressive roads, but no way would I dare driving in that country. People cross the center line at will, completely ignoring traffic light, etc
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Old April 30th, 2011, 09:22 PM   #1748
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It takes time. Every country suffered from extreme fatalities when mass-motorization began. In the late 1960's, over 3 200 people were killed annually in the Netherlands at maybe 40 billion person-kms. Nowadays, 640 people are killed annually at 200 billion person-kms.
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Old April 30th, 2011, 11:26 PM   #1749
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640 deaths per year? That's impossible, that's almost 2 dead every day. Am I missing something?
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Old April 30th, 2011, 11:59 PM   #1750
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Yeah I've seen videos of the driving done in China they may have really impressive roads, but no way would I dare driving in that country. People cross the center line at will, completely ignoring traffic light, etc
It's hard to say what, if anything they are doing in that regard. The problem itself is multi-faceted on several fronts. The biggest two problems are "Driving Schools" that simply offer the following test: If you can drive a single lap around an empty parking lot, you have past your driver's test. "Congratulations, here is your license." Then they are turned loose on the road. There has been some effort here to crack down on outfits that pull this sort of s**t, though I don't know what the success rate in terms of shutting them down, as well as criminal prosecutions are.

This results in the second problem. The road is flooded with inexperienced drivers who, in many cases, make their own "rules" as they go. Many, if not most, drive as if they were still riding bikes. The problem is worsened when they get behind the wheel of commercial vehicles. Again, there was a crackdown (I remember a vid somewhere in this thread after a bridge collapse due to an overloaded truck and the truck inspectors getting caught NOT doing their job at all) on truck drivers.

China has come a long way in the last decade or so, but they still have a long way to go before they are on par with Europe, or N. America. Corruption as well as the "One Party" Government are the biggest issues, but that's beyond the scope of this thread.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 12:02 AM   #1751
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640 deaths per year? That's impossible, that's almost 2 dead every day. Am I missing something?
It's probably much higher than that. The Chinese Govt. doesn't like giving out those kind of stats. As a result, we will never know the true numbers of injuries, as well as fatalities on Chinese roads.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 12:09 AM   #1752
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It's probably much higher than that. The Chinese Govt. doesn't like giving out those kind of stats. As a result, we will never know the true numbers of injuries, as well as fatalities on Chinese roads.
Number 640 is per Netherland roads.
This is for Chinese roads, close to 90.000 deaths:
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90...2/6378731.html
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Number 640 is per Netherland roads.
This is for Chinese roads, close to 90.000 deaths:
http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90...2/6378731.html
Wow... I thought the death toll would be lower for the Netherlands.
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It may be surprising those 640 deaths per year but in fact the roads of the Netherlands are the safest in the EU. You can never prevent all accidents, I am sure a large part of these deaths are the result of driver errors.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traffic...European_Union

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Old May 1st, 2011, 03:41 AM   #1755
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640 deaths per year? That's impossible, that's almost 2 dead every day. Am I missing something?
Well, when you figure that the USA state of Wisconsin (population about 5.6M) had 563 fatalities in traffic crashes in 2010....

(source - http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/drivers...h/fatality.htm - note that the numbers are trending downward)

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Old May 1st, 2011, 08:01 PM   #1756
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Such a new expressway with tiny shoulders. I mean, in traffic jams drivers will abuse the shoulders all the time, but still.

I think Chinese traffic is getting a little better in the major cities. At large intersections you still see rampant wrong-way drivers, and lane discipline in general is still not quite there. One thing they seem to do better than southern California is using their turn signals.
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Old May 1st, 2011, 11:19 PM   #1758
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Whats with the lack of solid barrier in some of the pictures? It looks like they used a crowd control barrier , thats not safe for Traffic use.....
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Whats with the lack of solid barrier in some of the pictures? It looks like they used a crowd control barrier , thats not safe for Traffic use.....
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