Beijing's 7th Ring Road, a new highway linking the capital city, Tianjin and Hebei, will be completed and opened to traffic in 2015.
The 940-kilometer C-shaped highway is expected to ease the traffic and environment stress caused by massive traffic, especially cargo ones, from other provinces.
With about 90 kilometers winding through the Beijing’s suburban districts, the highway is designed to encircle Beijing, as its predecessors do, and therefore will be called the city's 7th Ring Road.
It will be connected to twelve outbound expressways and ten national roads, including the Beijing-Shenyang Line and Daqing-Guangzhou Line.
Beijing is a busy traffic hub as the transit center for China's northwestern cargos going to the coast and northeastern cargos going to the South. Passing cars from outside provinces worsen the city's already terrible traffic and air pollution.
The highway, devised to shift part of southwest Beijing's inter-city traffic, allowing transit vehicles to bypass Beijing and head to their destinations by taking the peripheral route.
The new road, with about 850 kilometers extending into its neighboring Hebei Province, links a series of important cities and towns from the southwest to the northeast, in clockwise order, including Zhuozhou, Daxing, Langfang, Tongzhou, Sanhe and Pinggu.
Beijing is joining hands with Tianjin and Hebei in developing quick traffic networks. As a part of “half hour traffic circle”, the new ring road is also expected to benefit people who have been squeezed out of the city center due to the high cost of living and are forced to commute long distances to work in Beijing.