THREE new sections of freeway, mostly in desert areas, were put into use Saturday, marking the completion of an expressway between Beijing and Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
The three sections in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Gansu Province and Xinjiang have a combined length of more than 1,200 km, bringing the total length of the Beijing-Xinjiang expressway to about 2,768 km.
“The Beijing-Xinjiang expressway is the most convenient road passage connecting Beijing with northwest Inner Mongolia, northern Gansu and Xinjiang,” said Ren Jinxiong, an official with the Ministry of Transport.
With a length of 930 km, the Inner Mongolia section is the longest freeway project in China. The Gansu section is 134 km long and the Xinjiang section is 178 km long.
The three sections are mostly located in deserts with poor natural conditions and little water, posing challenges to the road builders.
The Beijing-Xinjiang expressway is one of seven freeways connecting the national capital with other major cities.
By the end of 2016, China had 131,000 km of expressways in operation, more than any other country. (Xinhua)