Think your drive to work takes too long? Tell that to drivers stuck in a 60-mile traffic jam in north China with speeds as slow as half a mile per day.
Yes, that’s right, a half a mile per day.
Now at the 10-day mark, things are moving a bit better now but are still bad enough that some drivers have been stuck on the road for five days.
Take a normally clogged thoroughfare, add highway construction in Beijing, and you get a traffic jam that could last for weeks. The Beijing construction is not scheduled to finish until September 17–and that’s if everything is on-schedule.
Some have resorted to playing chess and cards but most parked drivers must deal with enterprising locals. A bottle of water usually priced at $0.15, according to the Associated Press, was selling for $1.50. A cup of instant noodles usually available for $0.45 cost more than triple that price.
The silver lining of this situation could be lower traffic fatalities on the roadway. Perhaps you’ve seen some videos of driving in China and understand what we’re getting at.
We hope, for the sake of every driver on that stopped highway, that the road construction ends soon.
When you’re in a slow-moving traffic jam like the one in New York pictured above, how do you pass the time?