As stated in Guangzhou’s 14th Five-Year Plan published in May, the city is to build new arteries that are linked to cities in the Greater Bay Area with a 2-hour trip, cities in eastern, western, and northern Guangdong with a 5-hour travel, and center cities of other provinces and regions with an 8-hour journey.
Traffic mileage of Guangzhou’s city expressways will reach 1300km after the projects’ completion, significantly boosting the integration of cities in Guangdong. A batch of arteries are already under construction.
1.South section of Baiyun Airport 2nd Expressway
Baiyun Airport 2nd Expressway (机场第二高速公路) is a north-south artery connecting eastern and southern Guangzhou with the airport. It starts from the interchange on the north extension of Airport Expressway in Huadu District (花都区机场高速公路北延线山前互通立交) and ends at the Aoti Interchange in Tianhe District (天河区奥体立交), linking up with Guangzhou Ring Expressway (广州环城高速). The traveling time between Tianhe District and Baiyun Airport will be shortened from 1 hour to 30 mins. The expressway will also become the most convenient way for Dongguan, Foshan, and Zhaoqing residents to get to the airport.
Divided by the Guangzhou North 2nd Ring Expressway (广州北二环高速), Baiyun Airport 2nd Expressway has two sections – the south and north sections.
Start: Beicun Village, Taihe Town, Baiyun District (白云区太和镇北村)
End: Huangcun, Tianhe District (天河区黄村)
Passes through: Baiyun, Huangpu, and Tianhe Districts
Start: Huadong Town, Huadu District (花都区花东镇)
End: Beicun Village, Taihe Town, Baiyun District (白云区太和镇北村)
Open: January 16 this year
2.Zengcheng-Tianhe section of Zengcheng-Foshan Expressway
The east-to-west expressway spans 38.9km with 11 interchanges. It shortens the distance between Zengcheng and Tianhe Districts by 30km, and cuts the traveling time to 30 mins.
Start: Zhucun Street, Zengcheng District (增城区朱村街)
End: Taihe Town, Baiyun District (白云区太和镇)
Passes through: Zengcheng District: Lihu (荔湖), Shitan (石滩), Xiancun (仙村), Ningxi (宁西), Zhongxin (中新), Yongning (永宁)
Huangpu District: Xinlong (新龙), Changling (长岭), Lianhe (联和)
Links up with: Tianhe-Foshan Expressway
Completion time: December, 2025 (started on December 28, 2020)
Stretching through Guangzhou and Zhongshan, the Expressway extends to Zhuhai in the south, to Jiangmen in the west, and to Shenzhen in the east, with a total length of 32.4km. The traveling time between Nansha and Zhongshan will be cut down by 30 mins.
The Hengmen Bridge (横门大桥) on the Nansha-Zhongshan Expressway, a single pylon cable stayed bridge that has the largest span of its kind in China, was completed on August 1. The whole expressway is expected to be finished in 2024 and will link up with the Shenzhen-Zhongshan Bridge (深中通道).
4.Conghua-Huangpu Inter-district Expressway (phase 1)
The Conghua-Huangpu Expressway (从化-黄埔高速) has a length of 61.71km, and will be divided into two phases. After its completion, it will only take 40 mins to travel between Conghua and Huangpu.
Total length: 39.5km
Start: Zhongheli, Taiping Town, Conghua District (从化区太平镇中和里)
End: Changping Community, Changling Street, Huangpu District (黄埔区长岭街道长平社区)
Passes through: Zhongluotan Town (钟落潭镇) and Taihe Town (太和镇) in Baiyun District
Links up with: Daqing-Guangzhou Expressway (大庆-广州高速), the north section of Foshan-Qingyuan-Conghua Expressway (佛山-清远-从化高速) under construction, Guangzhou-Heyuan Expressway (广州-河源高速), Guangzhou North 2nd Ring Expressway (广州北二环高速).
Completion time: 2023
Total length: 22.21km
Passes through: Xuanxing Village, Wenquan Town, Conghua District (从化区温泉镇宣星村), Daqing-Guangzhou Expressway (大庆-广州高速), Jiangpu Street (江埔街), and Huangdong Village of Taiping Town (太平镇黄洞村)
5.Jiekou (Conghua)-Beixing (Huadu) Expressway
The Jiekou-Beixing Expressway (街口-北兴高速) totals 15.333km with a speed limit of 100km/h. Different sections of the expressway will be expanded to 6 lanes or 8 lanes.
Start: Jiekou Street, Conghua District
End: Beixing Town, Huadu District
Passes through: Jiangpu Street, Conghua District (从化区街口街道), and Taiping Town (太平镇)
Links up with: Paitan-Jiekou Expressway (派潭-街口高速), G105 National Highway, north section of Airport Expressway (机场高速北延段), Beijing-Hong Kong-Maocao Expressway (京港澳高速), North 3rd Ring Expressway (北三环高速), Daqing-Guangzhou Expressway (大庆-广州高速), Foshan-Qingyuan-Guangzhou Expressway, and Conghua-Huangpu Expressway
Completion time: the end of 2022
Totaling 18.7km, the expressway will be two-way and six-lane with a speed limit of 100-120km/h. The traveling time between Lianzhou and Guangzhou will be shortened from 3.5 hours to 2 hours.
Start: Conghua District, Guangzhou
End: Dalubian Town, Lianzhou (连州大路边镇)
Passes through: Wufeng Village, Aotou Town, Conghua District (从化区鳌头镇五丰村), and Zhuhu Village, Huadong Town, Huadu District (花都区花东镇竹湖村)
Links up with: Baiyun Airport 2nd Expressway (机场第二高速)
Completion time: the end of 2022
7.North section of Foshan-Qingyuan-Conghua Expressway
The Foshan-Qingyuan-Conghua Expressway is an artery stretching from the north to south of the Pearl River Delta. Totaling 86.47km, it has 6 lanes with a speed limit of 120km/h.
Start: Guankeng (官坑) in southwestern Huadu
End: Jinggang (井岗) in southwestern Conghua
Passes through: Huadu and Conghua Districts of Guangzhou, Qingcheng District of Qingyuan
Completion time: the end of June, 2022
8.Other projects under planning
Lianhuashan River-crossing Expressway (莲花山过江通道), Shiziyang River-crossing Expressway (狮子洋过江通道), an extension of Shenyang-Haikou National Highway, Airport Expressway, and Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway, construction of Panyu-Eastern Nansha Expressway, Huizhou-Zhaoqing Expressway, Zengcheng-Dongguan Expressway, Qingxin-Nanhai Expressway, Zengcheng-Foshan Expressway, as well as the Huizhou-Zhaoqing Expressway.
Author | Jerry (intern)
Editor | Olivia, Jerry, Abby
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