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New expressway to shorten driving hour to airport from Songming

By : InKunming | Published: 2013-November-2

A new expressway will be built to connect Kunming and Songming County as well as the International Airport Economic Area, the Kunming Economic and Technological Development Zone, the South and Southeast Asia Synthetic Logistics Center, and the new urban district of Chenggong.

The 56.89km-long expressway is a four-lane highway with a designed speed of 100 kmph. It includes six overpasses, an integrated service area and a parking lot, with an estimated investment of 7.475 billion yuan. The construction is expected to be completed by 2016.

It is said that the expressway is an important part of Chongqing-Kunming Highway linking Kunming, Qujing and Yuxi, and the main fast road connecting Kunming's northeast part and main urban area.

"The new expressway will ease traffic pressure on the present Kunming-Songming Highway. Besides, the travel time from the new expressway to the Kunming Changshui International Airport will be shortened to about 20 minutes," an insider said.

The airport is located in the northeast of Kunming and the distance between the county seat of Songming. The airport is just 14 kilometers, but drivers have to pass round the Kunming--Qujing Expressway and then run through the Airport Expressway, which takes more than one hour. (Editors: Ryan Li, Lynn)

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