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Old October 7th, 2013, 05:51 PM   #201
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That's amazing... Who pays that project?
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Old October 7th, 2013, 06:12 PM   #202
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People like you and me do, every time we gas up the car, or cook something.

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Old October 7th, 2013, 06:39 PM   #203
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That's the only way such a sparsely populated country could afford these motorways.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #204
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Thanks.

Generally it was smooth. Most roads were tarmac although many of them were a bit old and not very well maintained. People were nice and we felt safe to travel there. Be careful of police (just like in other central asia countries, they are everywhere), especially when the speed limit drops to 50kph when you approach a village or town and some mountainous areas. We were stopped so many times! And we were asked for bribes at the border when leaving Kazakhstan. Fortunately we managed to finish the trip without paying any fine or bribes.
Thanks. Would love to take such a trip, especially now that main roads in Central Asia seem to be decent.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #205
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Thank you changluo for your pictures!

Today user astz posted news link from Oct 8, 2013 about construction update on the Europe-China highway:
http://bnews.kz/ru/photonews/post/163521/













Basically it says that reconstruction of 102km long part of the highway from Aktobe to the border with Russia (Orenburgskaya oblast, Russia) has been completed. Except of 9.5km long piece of 4 lane 18.5m wide road and 891m of bridges, the rest of the highway is 9m wide (2 lanes).
They're planning to finish construction of northern bypass of Aktobe in Dec 2013, which is the last unfinished piece of this highway in Aktobe province.

According to this ChrisZwolle was right, in the West of KZ mostly it's not motorway. I guess my previous estimation of total length of motorways in KZ needs some correction))
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Old October 9th, 2013, 03:34 PM   #206
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These look uncannily like the canyons in the Wasatch range coming out of Salt Lake City. Bizarre
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Old October 9th, 2013, 05:43 PM   #207
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 01:14 PM   #208
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806 km road of Western Europe – Western China corridor was built in 2013

Currently, the total length of the reconstructed sections of "Western Europe - Western China" international transit corridor is 1721 km taking into account 806 km reconstructed this year.

Specifically, this year the construction of 254 km in Kyzylorda oblast, 224 km in South Kazakhstan Oblast, 188 km in Zhambyl oblast and 140 km in the Aktobe oblast have been completed.

In 2014 it is planned to complete construction and open traffic on 179 km roads in four oblasts, except for Aktobe oblast where road reconstruction works have been completed to date. It is expected that traffic will be opened on the road sections from Shymkent to border of Russian Federation and from Taraz to Almaty.

Major part of construction works in 2014 will be at the following sections: Almaty – Khorgos and Shymkent – border of Zhambyl region where the reconstruction was started this year. The repair works will also start at the Tashkent – Shymkent section with the length of 99 km.

So, by the year-end 2014, construction works will be only performed at the exits to bordering states, namely, from Almaty city to border of China and from border of Zhambyl region to border of Uzbekistan.

Road corridor reconstruction is planned to be completed in 2015.
Press release: http://europe-china.kz/en/news/6168
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 03:16 PM   #209
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Is there really a long-term plan of connecting Europe and China via full motorways? It seems quite pointless to me since almost nobody will drive its entire lenght (Europe-Far East freight usually go by ship) and big parts of Russia, Kazakhstan and Western China are very sparsely populated.
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Old December 22nd, 2013, 11:24 PM   #210
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Wondering what will be the AADT of that motorway... 60 cars and 2 caravans of camels a week?
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 09:27 PM   #211
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The Europe - China corridor also happens to connect a couple of major towns in Kazakhstan, plus it is also the main corridor from Moscow and other key places in Russia not readily accessible by boat. As there is a lot of trade between Russia and Kazakhstan in addition to the internal traffic, there you will find the key use of the corridor.

The Western Europe and China thing is, in my humble opinion, mostly marketing. Kazakhstan likes to present itself is the heart of Eurasia, as the must-be country right in between the two economic powerhouses. The fact that the number of cars driving all the way between Western Europe and China is de minimis is of secondary importance then. Mind you, the Eurasian rail bridge (as Kazakhstan dubbed it) has been in place for a few years now and that too happens to be a booster of Central Asian rail traffic more than China-Western Europe.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 09:30 PM   #212
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Most of the route is not a motorway either, but an improved road. I think Almaty - Kyzylorda is a motorway, and the rest is chiefly a two-lane road.
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Old December 23rd, 2013, 09:42 PM   #213
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Correct. Most of the project is nothing more than an upgrade to a decent high-speed single carriageway route. Parts will be dual carriageway, but never a full motorway standard. I saw a few sections earlier this year and intersections there were mostly at grade.

Interestingly, a much shorter route from Western Europe / Moscow and China / Almaty would run via Petropavlovsk and Astana. Saves 160 kilometers in comparison to the projected Europe-China route. To me, this is a further reason to conclude that Europe-to-China traffic is not the key driver behind this project.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 12:32 AM   #214
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Correct. Most of the project is nothing more than an upgrade to a decent high-speed single carriageway route.
Something like Australia.
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Old December 24th, 2013, 12:36 AM   #215
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Most of the route is not a motorway either, but an improved road. I think Almaty - Kyzylorda is a motorway, and the rest is chiefly a two-lane road.
So my dream of driving on a motorway all the way to Beijing won't become a reality in my lifetime...
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Something like Australia.
Terrain, population density and use of the road will be comparable to Australia's Outback indeed. A route lay-out comparable with that of the Stuart Highway or the Eyre Highway would do. Ideally slightly wider, so that there would be a hard shoulder on both sides of the roads (also to facilitate overtaking; slower traffic can move to the right and thus create room for overtaking).
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Old December 24th, 2013, 08:36 PM   #217
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Road construction in Central Kazakhstan. Astana - Temirtau







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Northern Bypass. Northwestern Kazakhstan Aktobe

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Old December 24th, 2013, 08:43 PM   #219
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The southern section of the road Western Europe - Western China





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The southern section (Taraz - Shymkent) of the road Western Europe - Western China

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