Tuesday/ 9 day traffic jam

Yahoo USA ran this report today on its home page :

Thousands of vehicles were bogged down Monday in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam leading to Beijing that has lasted nine days and highlights China’s growing road congestion woes.

The Beijing-Tibet expressway slowed to a crawl on August 14 due to a spike in traffic by cargo-bearing heavy trucks heading to the capital, and compounded by road maintenance work that began five days later, the Global Times said.

The photo below shows early morning traffic crosses the Huanhuayuan bridge across the Jialing in southwest China’s Chongqing municipality on July 28, 2010.   China’s car production and sales will both exceed 15 million units this year, state media quoted an industry association as saying on August 4.   In the USA, 2009 sales of light vehicles (cars and light trucks) in the United States came in at only 10.4m units, the lowest level in 27 years.

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