JINAN, Shandong – The highway mileage in Shandong, a coastal province in eastern China, will reach 245,000 km by 2015, including 6,000 km of expressways, said Jia Xueying, director of Shandong Provincial Department of Transport at a conference on January 27, according to media reports.
By the end of the 12th Five-Year Plan period (2011-2015), the expressway network in Shandong will cover 95 percent of cities and counties in the province. Rural highways will reach 215,000 km, and asphalt or concrete roads will be built in those administrative villages with proper conditions.
Bus service will be available to all the administrative villages. Traffic information network, resources center and application system will be set up in an effort to realize a comprehensive traffic management and service system.
Furthermore, bus stations at different levels will be increased to 1,500 to facilitate commercial operations of 40,000 buses, and the number of taxis and city public transport buses will be expanded to 70,000 and 40,000 units respectively.
In addition, Shandong will establish 66 key transport stations by 2015, including 52 national highway transportation junctions, 36 of them will be able to effectively connect railway stations, airports and waterway stops.
Shandong plans to invest a total of ¥51.6 billion ($7.8 billion) for this year’s transportation construction projects, among which the construction of highways, ports and transport stations will take ¥34.5 billion, ¥9.5 billion and ¥7 billion respectively.
Investment of ¥19 billion is funneled for the major projects in road construction. A highway of 1,398 km is currently under construction. New expressways and re-constructed national and local highways are 675 km and 1,000 km respectively. And by the end of 2011, the length of highways opened to traffic will reach 232,000 km and per capita road density is to approach 5 meter in the province.