China's nine-day traffic jam stretches 100km

August 23, 2010
Vehicles on the road through the central business district in Beijing on August 4. Thousands of vehicles are bogged down in a more than 100-kilometre (62-mile) traffic jam lon the Beijing-Tibet expressway that has lasted nine days and highlights China's growing road congestion woes.

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 state-run newspaper said the jam between Beijing and Jining city had given birth to a mini-economy with local merchants capitalising on the stranded drivers' predicament by selling them water and food at inflated prices.

That stretch of highway linking Beijing with the northern province of Hebei and the Inner Mongolia region has become increasingly prone to massive jams as the capital of more than 20 million people sucks in huge shipments of goods.

Traffic slowed to a snail's pace in June and July for nearly a month, according to earlier press reports.

The latest clog has been worsened by the road improvement project, made necessary by highway damage caused by a steady increase in cargo traffic, the Global Times said.

China has embarked in recent years on a huge expansion of its national road system but soaring periodically overwhelms the grid.

The congestion was expected to last into mid-September as the road project will not be finished until then, the newspaper said.

The is a major artery for the supply of produce, coal and other goods to Beijing.

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AceLepage
not rated yet Aug 23, 2010
Surely this is nine days of traffic jams, not a single traffic jam lasting nine days. Were the cars stuck on the road overnight? That seems implausible. A "nine-day" traffic jam suggests a single event lasting the duration. That would be quite unnerving.
rlong
5 / 5 (3) Aug 23, 2010
Surely this is nine days of traffic jams, not a single traffic jam lasting nine days.


It is important to distinguish between a 'traffic jam' and the 'entities' which constitue a traffic jam.

A single traffic jam is an instance where the traffic flow rate falls below a threshold limit and ends when the flow rate recovers above the limit. A trafic jam could last indefinitely however the entities may only occupy the jammed region for a shorter time.

If as an analogy the pluming in your house were blocked for nine days before becoming unblocked and water only trickling from the taps; the fact that individual water molecules might have residence times of several minutes in the system does not imply the blockage is cleared in several minutes.

These are both continuous systems.

Kindly

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ormondotvos
not rated yet Aug 23, 2010
That won't be OUR problem. We'll just run out of diesel and starve to death.
tarheelchief
5 / 5 (1) Aug 23, 2010
If I did not know any better, I would say this looks alot like the Long Island Expressway or Route 5 in Seattle.
irjsiq
not rated yet Aug 24, 2010
Yes, a Nine Day Traffic Jam (actually: 'Gridlock')
For, as per article:
". . .the jam between Beijing and Jining city had given birth to a mini-economy with local merchants capitalising on the stranded drivers' predicament. . ."
As noted by other(s):
Some traffic emerges as more traffic enters.
Significant issues:
1. Spoiling produce and perishables and their disposal.
2. Refueling and or removal of vehicles which either run out of fuel, or become disabled.
Logistics ! ! !
Roy Stewart,
Phoenix AZ
manojendu
not rated yet Aug 26, 2010
http://www.hindus...091.aspx

A truck driver reported to be stuck for 3 days and 2 nights.

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