A really long commute

In my travels around my state of residence, I endure slowdown after slowdown for construction.  In fact (just to continue whining), I’ll have to leave home about 45 minutes earlier than I already do to get to work on time.  By the way, I leave at 6:15-6:30 a.m.

However, nothing compares to this mother of all traffic jams caused by construction in China.  

A traffic jam stretching more than 60 miles in China has entered its ninth day with no end in sight, state media reported.

Cars and trucks have been slowed to a crawl since August 14 on the National Expressway 110, which is also known as the G110, the major route from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, Xinhua News reported.

Officials expect the congestion to continue until workers complete construction projects on September 13, the report said. 

State media reported that Chinese drivers have become accustomed to the severe delays, noting a similar jam in July that slowed traffic for close to a month.

“Hey, honey!  I’m going out for some ice cream.  I’ll be back in a month or so.”

They keep themselves amused with entertainment and games, though.  Another thing that is cropping up in the conjestion is capitalism.

Residents from communities alongside the expressway have seen opportunity in the traffic slowdown, setting up food and drink kiosks for the drivers.

Some drivers have complained of price gouging. One truck driver, identified by his last name Huang, told the Global Times that “instant noodles are sold at four times the original price while I wait in the congestion.

My only question?  Where do they go to the bathroom?


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