China: 10-day traffic jam may take weeks to clear

Posted By: Samyuktha
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Beijing, Aug 24: Even though the pace of the movement of vehicles stuck in the 10-day long traffic jam in north China has marginally picked up, officials predict that the massive bumper-to-bumper gridlock may take another two weeks to dissolve.

The traffic jam, which spans several miles along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway, reportedly stems from road construction in Beijing. As of Tuesday, Aug 24, the jam has hit the 10-day mark.

Quoting an official of Zhangjiakou city's Traffic Management Bureau, an international news agency reported that the traffic jam won't be finished until the middle of next month (Sep 2010).

Zhang Minghai, director of Bureau general office said that the jam, that spreads across 60 miles (100 kilometers), with cars moving little more than a half-mile (one kilometer) a day at one point has improved since this weekend.

The traffic jam began on last Saturday, Aug 14 along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway, which records a 40 per cent surge in traffic volume every year.

According to the authorities, the traffic congestion escalated after coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia.

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