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August 23, 2010

Epic Chinese traffic jam enters ninth day

Filed under: General — Notch @ 12:58 pm

Massive traffic jams on the highways leading into Beijing (National Expressway 110, or G110, and the Beijing-Tibet Expressway) have entered their ninth day.

From 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.

. . .

That stretch of highway linking Beijing with the northern province of Hebei and the Inner Mongolia region has become increasingly prone to massive jams as the capital of more than 20 million people sucks in huge shipments of goods.

From Chinese state media:

Since August 14, thousands of Beijing-bound trucks have jammed the expressway again, and traffic has stretched for more than 100 kilometers between Beijing and Huai’an in Heibei Province, and Jining in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China National Radio (CNR) reported Sunday.

. . .

For drivers, suffering the congestion on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway is nothing new. In a similar scene this July, traffic was also reduced to a crawl for nearly one month.

When seeing news like this, one obvious conclusion is that China will need to continue to make massive investments in infrastructure over the next few decades. But it also makes me ponder the question: how many cars can China actually support?

Photo: Reuters

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