China traffic jam

China Traffic JamFor those of you who battle traffic jams on a daily basis, here’s some small consolation. Just be glad you’re not trying to get somewhere on one of Beijing’s highways where a 60 mile traffic jam is in its 10th day with no end in sight. (story here)

BEIJING (AFP) – Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days and highlights China’s growing road congestion woes.

The Beijing-Tibet expressway slowed to a crawl on August 14 due to a spike in traffic by cargo-bearing heavy trucks heading to the capital, and compounded by road maintenance work that began five days later, the Global Times said.

The state-run newspaper said the jam between Beijing and Jining city had given birth to a mini-economy with local merchants capitalising on the stranded drivers’ predicament by selling them water and food at inflated prices.

Traffic slowed to a snail’s pace in June and July for nearly a month, according to earlier press reports.The latest clog has been worsened by the road improvement project, made necessary by highway damage caused by a steady increase in cargo traffic, the Global Times said.

China has embarked in recent years on a huge expansion of its national road system but soaring traffic periodically overwhelms the grid.

The congestion was expected to last into mid-September as the road project will not be finished until then, the newspaper said.

All I can say is – better them than me…

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One Response to “China traffic jam”

  1. anthony…

    excellent info, keep it coming…

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