Sichuan road building hits four-year annual record - 6,537 kilometres

2012 03 02

CENTRAL China's Sichuan province has invested CNY266.8 billion (US$42.3 billion) of investment in shipping and road transport construction in the past four years, hitting a record high, reports Xinhua.

The province's total expressway mileage has increased to 6,537 kilometres in the last four years, up 250 per cent compared to 2007's rate on construction. The province's first expressway to the north, the Guangyuan to Shaanxi expressway was completed and put into service in May last year, making Chengdu connected to Xian and Beijing and cracking the transport bottleneck to the north.

Currently, eight new outbound expressways were completed and 12 are under construction including these linking Shaanxi, Guizhou, Gansu and Yunnan. The province commenced 42 projects with a increase mileage of 3,887 kilometres in the four years.

The province's Yibin port has started a trial operation, serving 1,000-tonne vessels running in the Yangtze River channel below Yibin. The port handled 8,055 TEU, 370,000 tonnes of bulk cargo and 3,800 tonnes of heavy goods in 2011. It is aiming to reach a container throughput of 30,000 TEU this year.

Source Shipping Gazette - Daily Shipping News

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