Bei­jing’s ‘7th Ring Road’ com­plete

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - CHINA - By DU JUAN du­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

A 1,000-kilo­me­ter ex­press­way link­ing Bei­jing and nearby cities in He­bei prov­ince was com­pleted on Tues­day, which will ease traf­fic con­ges­tion and im­prove re­gional eco­nomic growth in the area.

The ex­press­way link­ing Miyun district in Bei­jing and Zhuozhou in He­bei marks the com­ple­tion of G95, a ringroad ex­press­way, part of which is in the cap­i­tal.

As Bei­jing al­ready has six ring-roads within the city, the pub­lic has been call­ing the new ex­press­way “the 7 th Ring Road”. How­ever, only 38 km of the ex­press­way goes through Bei­jing, with another 38 km in Tian­jin, while the re­main­ing 924 km runs through He­bei.

The ex­press­way looks like a huge neck­lace, link­ing 13 ma­jor cities around Bei­jing, in­clud­ing the cities of Chengde, Lang­fang, Gu’an and Chongli, which will im­prove the trans­porta­tion net­work of the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei area.

“The Miyun-Zhuozhou ex­press­way will re­duce the traf­fic den­sity of cargo trucks on cur­rent ex­press­ways in south­east­ern Bei­jing,” Huo Leisheng, a road man­age­ment of­fi­cer of the ex­press- way, was quoted as say­ing by Bei­jing Daily on Tues­day.

More im­por­tantly, the Miyun-Zhuozhou ex­press­way will be­come the most con­ve­nient way to get be­tween the two air­ports in Bei­jing.

“The in­te­gra­tion of Bei­jingTian­jin-He­bei re­quires a mod­ern trans­porta­tion net­work,” said Zhang Guo­hua, a pro­fes­sor at the China Academy of Ur­ban Plan­ning and De­sign.

In re­cent years, Bei­jing has de­vel­oped a sys­tem of ring and ra­dial roads link­ing nearby ar­eas in prepa­ra­tion for the re­gion’s in­te­grated eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment.

Gao Jin­hao, head of the traf­fic and trans­porta­tion of­fice of He­bei prov­ince, said the prov­ince takes up more than 80 per­cent of the Bei­jing-Tian­jin-He­bei area, which means He­bei should bear more of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for build­ing a mod­ern com­pre­hen­sive trans­porta­tion net­work.

Pre­vi­ously, drivers had to go through Bei­jing when trav­el­ing be­tween cities in He­bei, such as Shi­ji­azhuang and Tang­shan, or Zhangji­akou and Chengde. This not only re­duces con­nec­tiv­ity be­tween ar­eas, but causes traf­fic con­ges­tion in Bei­jing.

Ac­cord­ing to the au­thor­ity, the road net­work in He­bei will reach 250,000 km, with ex­press­ways sur­pass­ing 9,000 km by 2020.

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