Hunan section of Daohe Expressway (from Daoxian County in Yongzhou City of Hunan Province to Hezhou City in Guangxi Province) opened to traffic on 30 December, 2011, shortening the travel time by two hours to five hours from Changsha to Daoxian.
Daohe Expressway is the eighth one connecting Hunan with other provinces. It is scheduled to link Xiamen-Chengdu Expressway and Baotou-Maoming Expressway which are under construction.
With a total investment of 2.59 billion yuan, Hunan section of the expressway, whose main road covers an actual mileage of 53 kilometers, is completed with two-way four lanes and the design speed is 100 kilometers per hour.
According to the Department of Transportation of Hunan Province, there are still 45 expressway projects under construction.
It is estimated that the expressway mileage put into operation in Hunan will amount to over 1,000 kilometers in 2012.
Translator: Wang Bilian
Source: Hunan Official Web Portal