ROADBUILDING IN CHINA'S MOUNTAINS IS A TALL ORDER

This article describes China’s decade-long project to build a highway system on par with the United States’ interstate system through the specific case example of the 118-kilometer-long Chongzun Expressway in the northern region of the Guizhou province. According to locals, the culturally iconic road is crucial in facilitating transportation growth in western China. The Zunyi-Chongxihe two-lane section of the Chongzun Expressway, which normally takes 12 hours between the two cities, should have a reduced travel time down to approximately four hours when work has been completed. Most of the work will consist of cutting through tight folds of karst limestone to straighten the road, and lifting it above valley floors where it is currently located. The road will also need 121 bridges and 17 tunnels, which accounts for over a third of the total road length. The article closes with a description of the engineering consultant to the project and his logistical participation.

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    • August 22/29, 2005; Page range: pp 34-35,.38-39
  • Corporate Authors:

    McGraw-Hill, Incorporated

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    New York, NY  United States  10036
  • Authors:
    • Wright, A G
  • Publication Date: 2005-8-22

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: 4p
  • Serial:
    • ENR
    • Volume: 255
    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill, Incorporated
    • ISSN: 0891-9526

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  • Accession Number: 01006934
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 8 2005 7:32AM