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And I thought traffic was bad in NJ!



10 day old traffic jam in China could last another 3 weeks





10 days? This sounds impossible, but gridlock in northern China has shut down the highway and snarled traffic for 60 miles or more. Guess they should have used some of the money from that great economic expansion of theirs to develop a little bit of infrastructure. Or done a better job of that 5 year planning the commies are so famous for.

BEIJING – A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won’t be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.

Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 60 miles (100 kilometers) with cars moving little more than a half-mile (one kilometer) a day at one point has improved since this weekend, said Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city’s Traffic Management Bureau general office.

But he said he wasn’t sure when the situation along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway would return to normal.

The traffic jam started Aug. 14 on a stretch of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway. That section has frequently been congested, especially after large coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia, Zhang said. Traffic volume has increased 40 percent every year.

Drivers stranded in the gridlock in the Inner Mongolia region and Hebei province, headed toward Beijing, passed the time sleeping, walking around, or playing cards and chess. Local villagers were doing brisk business selling instant noodles, boxed lunches and snacks, weaving between the parked trucks on bicycles.

The highway construction in Beijing that is restricting inbound traffic flow and causing the jam “will not be finished until Sept. 17,” he said.

Pretty much only one improved highway heads south from Russia into Mongolia and then down to China across it’s northern province of Inner Mongolia. Once in China that highway splits, with one leg heading south towards Ulangab and another heading south east towards Zhangjakou, where the Ulangab leg meets up with it. From there, only one improved highway heads into Beijing. Beijing is about 300 road miles from the Mongolian border.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/24/2010 at 10:46 AM   
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