Chicago traffic ruined my morning commute for the better part of a decade — but that’s a cupcake compared to this 50 lane highway in China.
The G4 Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway (what a mouthful of rice that name is) is one of China’s busiest pedestrian roads.
Which isn’t too shocking when you take a look at this picture below.
I could look at the above image for hours; just sitting here hovering from car-to-car wondering what the hell each of these motor vehicle operators is thinking as they slowly inch toward hell.
According to ABC, a 2010 traffic jam spanned for more than 74 miles and held up drivers for 12 days:
As many as 10,000 vehicles, mostly trucks, are crammed fender to fender for 74.5 miles (120 km) along the north-south Beijing-Tibet expressway.
The highway mess can be attributed, at least in part, to roadwork intended to alleviate the congestion. But other factors are also slowing traffic, including drivers falling asleep in the days-long gridlock and blocking other vehicles when there is some movement, Chinese news reports state.
The bulk of congestion is located between Inner Mongolia and Hebei province, which is located northwest of Beijing, according to the Global Times. Vehicles consist primarily of trucks carrying coal and food into Beijing.
The gridlock began in August when various sections along the expressway were jamming up due to road construction. Some early blockages were slowly resolved, but on Aug. 27 traffic hit another bottleneck at the Ji Meng toll stop in Inner Mongolia. The congestion soon extended 18.6 miles (30 km) with thousands of cars idling while trying to get through the tolls.
That’s straight up nuts.
I rescind my previous complaint on Chicago traffic being a nuisance because the video below trumps any two-hour commute I’ve ever sat through on my way home from work.
It’s the “high wait”. Drone footage shows a 10km-long line of cars returning to Beijing after the Chinese New Year holiday.
Posted by Trending in China on Thursday, February 26, 2015
Typical China. Not giving us any accomplishments.