On Aug. 20, the last section of Expressway G95, the orbital expressway encircling Beijing, officially opened to general motor traffic. Also known as the 7th Ring Road of Beijing, the completion of Expressway G95 signifies the formation of the "one-hour traffic circle" which connects Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Province. Suburban residents of the satellite cities in the region can now reach major metropolitan areas within half an hour.
The total length of Expressway G95 is 940 kilometers, with about 850 kilometers residing in Hebei and 90 kilometers in Beijing. The expressway connects the cities of Chengde, Xinglong, Sanhe, Xianghe, Langfang, Gu'an, Zhuozhou, Zhangjiakou, Chongli, Guyuan and Fengning in Hebei Province with Pinggu, Tongzhou and Daxing districts in Beijing.
Jing Yanhui, a deputy general manager of Beijing Capital Loop Expressway Co., Ltd., said on Aug. 20 that the last section of Expressway G95 is the route that connects with Tongzhou and Daxing districts. Construction of this section commenced in December 2016, with the starting point located at the southern boundary of Hanying village in Daxing district. The route runs northeast and traverses Caiyu township in Daxing district, and then passes through Yujiawu, Yongledian and Huoxian townships in Tongzhou district. It ends at the north side of Zhaozhuang village in Tongzhou district, and connects with the Xianghe county section in Hebei. With a total length of about 38 kilometers, the two-way, six-lane Tongzhou-Daxing section has a designed speed of 120 kilometers per hour.
Jing says that the Tongzhou-Daxing section connects the Beijing-Tianjin Expressway, the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway, and the Beijing-Harbin Expressway. In total, the section includes 23 bridges that are approximately 19 kilometers in total length. The two-way connection between the Beijing Loop Expressway and the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway is planned to be completed in early September.
Zhao Yang, director of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei Transportation Integration Coordination Office of the Beijing Municipal Traffic Commission, said the opening of the Tongzhou-Daxing section of the Beijing Loop Expressway has vastly improved the condition of the city's road network in its eastern part, and it will also improve traffic conditions and effectively relieve traffic pressure in the East 6th Ring Road of Beijing.
On the same day, the 6.3-kilometer-long Beijing section of the Beijing-Qinhuangdao Expressway also officially opened. Zhao said the expressway connects to Tongzhou in Beijing, Jixian in Tianjin and Qinhuangdao in Hebei. After its completion, the expressway would alleviate nearly half of the transportation pressure on the Beijing-Harbin Expressway and ease the traffic pressure in the Tongzhou area of Beijing and the Yanjiao area of Hebei.