April 11, 2006
China second in the world for expressways
Shanghai, China – China’s expressways reached 41,000 km at the end of 2005, the world’s second-largest system only after the United States. The country has built 24,000 new km of road from 2001 to 2005, or roughly the combined lengths of all expressways in Canada and Germany, the number three and four countries for expressway length.
According to Dai Dongchang, Director of Transport Planning, China had no expressways at all in 1988. It is expected that by 2010, the country will have 65,000 km, and 85,000 km by 2020. In 2005, the United States had 90,000 km of expressways. By 2010, China’s network will connect all provincial capitals and cities with a population of at least 500,000. At least three major expressways will be built to link China’s major economic hubs, and the planned network will also stretch to Hong Kong and Macao.