Gallery: Chinese Traffic Jam Extends 60 Miles and Nine Days

 

If ever there were a case for the importance of good urban planning that includes mass transit, this is it: a 62-mile traffic standstill on a road leading to Beijing is now in its ninth day, with individual drivers caught in it for as long as three days. The cause of the jam — beyond the skyrocketing number of drivers in China — is heavy use of the route, the Beijing-Tibet expressway, by trucks bringing construction supplies into Beijing. The trucks don’t just add to traffic; they also damage the road, necessitating repair crews.

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  2. westernwoman September 16, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Individual drivers sitting in it for 3 days? Yikes!! Seeing this story on life in a nine-day traffic jam I have to salute Obama’s efforts to get high-speed rail funded. I’m aghast at all the people who think it’s wasting our money. China is our future!

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  4. cpyle August 29, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Unfortunately, the MKRIDE team got caught up in the tail end of this huge traffic jam on the way from Huitengxile to Hohhot. This is a brief glimpse of our footage from that experience. You can follow Ryan and Colin as they travel around China by motorcycle at http://www.mkride.com.

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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cqPIy6qjvH0

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