VIDEO REPORT: Chinese Drivers Trapped in 62-Mile Traffic Jam in Inner Mongolia


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Chinese drivers are stuck in a bumper-to-bumper traffic jam that stretches more than 62 miles on a highway in northern China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. This jam has been going on practically non-stop since July 10th.

The cause? Workers reconstructing and expanding the highway that links Beijing and Tibet.

An endless line of vehicles, mostly trucks, could be seen crawling along the highway from Ulanqab to the regional capital of Hohhot.

Chinese state media reported that motorists took over 40 hours to complete the 62-mile drive.

Many drivers are frustrated that construction could take up to two years to complete, and that there aren’t any plans for road diversions or alternate routes.

Many motorists choose to take a risk entering the congested highway. Once caught in a log traffic jam like this, frustrated drivers find few options for escape.

[Stranded Driver]:
“I know. But nobody is directing the traffic. It’s too difficult to pass through from here.”

Motorists hope that local police could help divert traffic and post traffic signs ahead of the blocked sections to prevent massive traffic jams like this one.

Although motorists know they may face traffic congestion on this highway, this is still the preferred route for many drivers.

[Stranded Truck Driver]:
“If I go to Baotou by taking Provincial Highway S31, I would earn nothing. If I wait here, it only costs me some money on meals and I can save fuel. As the toll fees are the same on G6 and Provincial Highway S31, I would rather have my time wasted.”

Surging coal transportation has been blamed for traffic build-ups on the notoriously congested highway.

Last August it experienced a similar traffic jam, stranding drivers for nine days. And construction is set to be completed by 2013.


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