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Beijing 4th Ring Road to Open to Traffic by June

Beijing's 4th Ring Road is to be linked up and open to traffic by the end of coming June for its western section - West 4th Ring Road, last part of the whole 4th Ring Road, was completed at 14:00 on May 13.

As reported, Beijing 4th Ring Road, which consists of four parts, started construction at its eastern section - East 4th Ring Road in October 1998 and as projected five years had originally been planned to complete construction of the whole road. But by now, the 4th Ring Road is to be completed more than two years ahead of the schedule, in which the East 4th Ring Road was completed on August 28, 1999, southern section on September 21, 2000, and northern section on November 11, 2000, respectively.

The 65-km long 4th Ring Road, designed with a maximum speed of 80-100 km/h, will play an important role in the whole of Beijing's highway traffic net. On both sides of the 4th Ring Road, which has eight driveways and urgent parking lots, are also 7-15m wide sub-roads and 47 bridges having been built, of which 11 are large crossroads on the Ring Road.

The 4th Ring Road to be completed will greatly alleviate the pressure on Beijing's traffic and cut pollution from automobiles in the city of Beijing.

(People's Daily 05/15/2001)