China completes Beijing-Xinjiang freeway sections

Added On July 17, 2017

Three new sections of freeway, mostly in desert areas, were put into use on Saturday.
It marks the completion of the freeway 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.
It brings the total length of the Beijing-Xinjiang freeway to some 2,700 km.
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 a challenge to the road builders.
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"China has invested hugely in this project. It shows the government has lent full support for the infrastructure construction in western regions."
The Beijing-Xinjiang freeway is one of seven freeways connecting the national capital with other major cities, according to a national freeway plan.
By the end of 2016, China had 131,000 km of freeways in operation, more than any other country.