Traffic overpasses are designed to alleviate congestion on the roads by eliminating an intersection. The idea is that the less traffic lights there are, the less time cars spend stationary, and the more time they spend moving.
However, this does not seem to be the case for a newly-constructed traffic overpass in Zhengzhou, Henan province, which has brought hell upon thousands of Chinese commuters in the wee hours of morning.
And this thing wasn’t cheap either, coming with a price tag of 650,000 million yuan, just shy of $100 million.
During peak hours, cars are bumper-to-bumper in a classic example of an expressway that looks more like a parking lot.
A local resident surnamed Zhu, has said that it takes him on average half an hour to cross the 1km long overpass. Worst case scenario, it takes a whole hour, People’s Daily reports.
Local police attribute this pitiful crawl to the fact that nine lanes merge into four at the beginning of the interchange, resulting in drivers constantly trying to switch lanes and causing road rage and traffic accidents.
Apparently, this problem was pointed out to workers at the start of the overpass’s construction, only to be met with a reply that they were only following the plans.
Relevant Chinese authorities are working on a fix to ease the early morning rush. Let’s hope this time it will actually work.
By Christopher Shi
[Images via NetEase / People’s Daily]