r/Damnthatsinteresting Creator Sep 24 '22 Silver 2 Helpful 1

This is the longest traffic jam ever recorded. The China National Highway 110 was clogged up for 100 kms for 10 days Image

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u/FanMindless9544 Sep 24 '22 All-Seeing Upvote Bravo! Plus One

This is why u always make adjustments and leave 11 days early so you don’t miss ur appointment.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

Finally some common sense

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u/dnewaccount Sep 24 '22

Hope everyone got out alive

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u/ticktockbent Sep 25 '22

They had 3 deaths but 7 births so technically -4 fatalities

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u/dnewaccount Sep 25 '22

Wow. So efficient

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u/aod42091 Sep 25 '22

reminds me of that doctor whoo episode

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u/MechMasterAlpha Sep 25 '22

Yeah Tennant episode, Gridlock where they met the Face of Boe and all that. New New York.

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u/yep_thatll_do Sep 25 '22

25 years to go one exit

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u/KeepTheGoodLife Sep 25 '22

How did anyone survive? I thought if you dont eat or drink for 10 days you die... no?

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u/ticktockbent Sep 25 '22

How do you think the 3 deaths happened? Nom nom

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u/The_Ostrich_you_want Sep 25 '22

Door dash obviously. They just drop off your food to your location.

Or something 😅

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u/CauliflowerDaffodil Sep 25 '22

The traffic jam lasted for 10 days with cars getting out at the front and cars joining it at the back. No one was stuck in it for the entire 10 days but there have been some unverified claims of being in it for 4-5 days.

People living near the highway sold food and drinks at inflated prices and kept them fed. Gotta love capitalism.

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u/BratPAQ Sep 25 '22

Finding a place to pee and/or poop would be more important for me rather than getting out alive.

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u/Sellier123 Sep 25 '22

I woulda 100% abandoned my car and walked to the nearest town lol

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u/CaptainPsilo Sep 25 '22

Imagine the anxiety

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u/trsy___3 Sep 25 '22

If someone died, it won't get reported so we'll never know 🤷🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️

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u/dubadub Sep 25 '22

Looks like they're getting a little better about that -- member the tunnel flood disaster a few years back?

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u/smoggypasta Sep 24 '22

I thought it was a barge filled with a lot of cars inside watching from above.

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u/shahooster Sep 24 '22

You only make this mistake once

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u/Whaty0urname Sep 24 '22

My high school calculus teacher: "You should have been more prepared!"

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u/pinklavalamp Sep 24 '22

A previous boss had said that to me when I was over an hour late. My commute in NYC from Queens to the Chelsea area in Manhattan normally took at the longest 1:15 (average was 45-60 minutes), so I’d try to give myself 1.5 hours. When she said that I asked her if I need to leave my house 2.5 hours early for my shift, or how was I supposed to let the team know the subway had shut down underwater (notoriously no reception at the time) and she got kinda quiet and didn’t respond, then walked away. I got my answer.

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u/dekkiliste Sep 25 '22

Better than my practicum "advisor" telling me I should've predicted the train crossing making me late while taking a bus that took 1.5 hours.

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u/sorta_kindof Sep 25 '22

I was late for an interview after I left the the house an entire hour early for a 10m commute. Unfortunately there was a goddamn train that was fully stopped and slowly but surely moving forward inch by inch . For like 20m then I got excited that it started really moving.......except it started moving backwards.

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u/bby_redditor Sep 24 '22

As the saying goes, “If you’re not 11 days early you’re late.”

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u/Horskr Sep 24 '22

Boss, I'm going to be a week and a half late to that meeting scheduled for this morning.

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u/TheMikeGolf Sep 24 '22

I think my drill sergeant taught me that

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u/Cevo88 Sep 25 '22

“There is an expectation to uphold in this office”

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u/Best_Poetry_5722 Creator Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

Lmfao 🤣 good point

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u/Separate-Feedback-86 Sep 24 '22

Is there something about the Chinese bladder we need to know?

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u/ravengenesis1 Sep 24 '22

They got to stay hydrated one way or another… imagine being trapped in the middle lane for 10 days.

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u/ithcy Sep 25 '22

This is getting ridiculous, honey. I’m getting off at the next exit.

signals for 9 days

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u/thaaag Sep 25 '22

Can you imagine listening to the indicator ticking for over an hour, let alone 9 days?

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u/on3day Sep 25 '22

Are you taunting the deaf people here?

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u/gjboudreaux Sep 25 '22

Middle lane? There are about 45 middle lanes…

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u/Cantdrownafish Sep 24 '22

They go anywhere anytime

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u/agangofoldwomen Sep 24 '22

When I visited Tiananmen Square, I saw a woman pull her 5 year old daughter’s pants down and she proceeded to hold her up over a public trash can while she peed. Then she set her down, pulled the pants up, and they just went on their merry way.

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u/CosmicCreeperz Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

Heh. My wife said when she was in China on a school trip 15 years ago she couldn’t count on both hands the number of little kids who would just stop and pee on a wall, in a bush, etc.

Though this was mostly in Xi’an, less common in larger Eastern cities. Instead of diapers a lot of kids had pants with a hole in the crotch to make it easier. Could be the woman you saw was visiting from one of the more rural provinces. AFAIK most people in Beijing wouldn’t be a fan of it.

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u/Bpdbs Sep 25 '22

Lived in Beijing for a little while, this is totally common/acceptable behaviour there too

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u/Kcmg1985 Sep 24 '22

I was on a train in China in third class 10 years ago and a parent let a child pee on the floor in the carriage. Extraordinary.

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u/Zaksterr Sep 25 '22

I saw a dad pull out his 4-6 year old kid out the car to drop a dookie on the side of the road then get back into the car, no wipey :(

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u/GetRichOrDieTryinnn Sep 24 '22

They go whenever and where ever.

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u/apraetor Sep 25 '22

The "belt and road" initiative suddenly takes on new meaning. Their excretory choices are another thing China and India have in common.

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u/Healthy-Grocery6055 Sep 24 '22

If you aim a kid right it's like you have a water pistol.

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u/DrCarabou Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

I was at an airport (Beijing?) when a mother had her young son pee into a water bottle in the middle of everything. Then she left the water bottle on a bench.

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u/LydonPerez Sep 24 '22

And that’s the most interesting thing that has ever happened at Tiananmen Square

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u/Fancy-You3022 Sep 25 '22

Nah, they’re pretty devout Christians. They had a large Tiananmen Square mass some time ago.

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u/Merican714 Sep 25 '22 edited Sep 25 '22

i heard it was on about 43560 square feet of land, used to call it the Tiananmen Square Acre Mass, or something like that

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u/StrategicBean Sep 25 '22

I thought they called it the Tianamen Square Mass Acres because it's got a mass amount of acres of space?

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u/DrkNeo Sep 25 '22

I've seen that happen at Disneyland...

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u/Dogsy Sep 24 '22

They always carry a Coke with them.

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u/Naftoor Sep 24 '22

LPT: Carry a Gatorade in your car. The color of Gatorade makes you look less insane when you go to pitch it and the wider neck makes one handed manipulation much less of a coin flip.

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u/babyjo1982 Sep 25 '22

My penis envy is never so strong as when I realize all over again how much easier it is to pee for them

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u/KnowTheQuestion Sep 25 '22

Keep a funnel with you? /s

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u/Naftoor Sep 25 '22

That’s actually something that exists for women in the military who have a need. It’s obviously shaped to fit in between the legs better than a device for changing oil and probably has 25 million in development costs of course. Called the FUDD

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u/MisterDoctor20182018 Sep 25 '22

Same for mountaineering. My girlfriend and I spent a week on a glacier recently and a pee funnel was necessary. Some places you go you have to pack your pee and poo so it’s helpful

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u/KnowTheQuestion Sep 25 '22

I was making a joke, hence the sarcasm tag. The Shewee is an example of a FUD (female urination device), and they're available for everyone 😊

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u/Dropped-pie Sep 25 '22

Piece of celery

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u/Nemste Sep 24 '22

I think I’d feel bad for homeless guy though who goes to pick up that Gatorade in the garbage can thinking it’s a tasty treat someone wasted but it ends up being my piss.

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u/Naftoor Sep 25 '22

Jokes on you when it turns out they have a piss kink.

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u/42f0r_skin Sep 24 '22

I filled a Nalgene once...never had to pee so bad in my life. Gatorade wouldn't cut it

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u/Eggsandthings2 Sep 25 '22

Such jokesters the Chinese

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u/Svvatzenegger Sep 24 '22

If you're lucky it's just for a piss...

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u/Select_Want Sep 24 '22

Having watched the undead series and natural disaster shows, I guess the most commonsensical way is to relieve oneself the natural way.

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u/KomitoDnB Sep 24 '22

I play Cities: Skylines, this is nothing...

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u/Best_Poetry_5722 Creator Sep 24 '22

I bet you're one of those players that has 50 lanes of traffic merging to one tunnel lol

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u/AdministrativeAd4111 Sep 24 '22

Well if you can think of a more cost-effective way to ruin the lives of thousands of commuters, I’d like to hear it.

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u/Samoman21 Sep 24 '22

Add a construction zone as well

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u/CFClarke7 Sep 25 '22

I see you are familiar with the authorities around my town

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u/FrenchMaisNon Sep 25 '22

The goal is to make car commute hell. Fuck your quality of life.

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u/Megaman915 Sep 25 '22

Ok, Satan.

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u/MoSqueezin Sep 25 '22

Ah, the classic i-95

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u/Bhahsjxc Sep 25 '22

More tunnel

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u/prison_mic Sep 25 '22

Put the wastewater holding ponds uphill from the highway and wait til it storms.

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u/ndjs22 Sep 25 '22

Have a low speed limit on every road that leads to the choke point, and once traffic becomes the limiting factor for speed make the speed limit 70+.

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u/Ok-Pomegranate-6189 Sep 25 '22

Why the low speed limit? Let’s funnel the cars into the choke point as fast as possible!

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u/SuchACommonBird Sep 25 '22

Toll booths every 100 feet.

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u/rubs90 Sep 24 '22

The NYC special

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u/Dubious_Titan Sep 25 '22

A single well-placed roundabout would have done the trick.

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u/VanAgain Sep 24 '22 Helpful

Maybe if they tried widening the highway ...

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u/OB1douknowme Sep 24 '22

Yep i agree it needs to be 100 lanes wide rather than 50 🤣

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u/gerallt87 Sep 24 '22

Then the jam would only last 5 days

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u/dnewaccount Sep 24 '22

A highway that is more than 200 lanes is very much needed to bring the delay to within a few hours. Wow, me so smart

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u/guillermotor Sep 24 '22

Gillette razor logic. Bring this man a nobel prize

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u/punkcanuck Sep 25 '22

Gillette, and almost every agency that manages roads in North America. They just need another lane.

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u/smartazz104 Sep 24 '22

If they keep widening it, it’s going to end up just a big square of road.

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u/space253 Sep 25 '22

There won't be traffic when there is no where left to get gas, just endless highway in all directions.

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u/holmgangCore Sep 24 '22

You mean 15 days…

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u/whitefang22 Sep 25 '22

Induced demand

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u/Worst-Tweet Sep 24 '22

Holy shit you’re right 😝, I stopped counting at 45

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u/Same_Return_1878 Sep 24 '22

Me who stopped at 35 and was like, " yeah, it's a obviously a 50 lane highway if I've counted up to 35 and I'm done about 3/4 of the highway"

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u/Worst-Tweet Sep 24 '22

Counting the first 10 is like, “aww shit, he’s right, I see it!”

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u/NormalAssistance9402 Sep 24 '22

Well now I feel silly for counting all 49

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u/BlindGargoyle Sep 24 '22

I counted 49 too

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u/LeadSledPoodle Sep 24 '22

You're all wrong. It's 51 with the shoulders.

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u/masashi-sensei Sep 24 '22

I didn’t even make it to 10. I just looked at it and went yup that’s a lot of cars.

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u/AppointmentNo5913 Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

I was about to start counting when I realized, you know what, I bet someone in the comments has already done it. Well wouldn’t you guess I was right. Lol.

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u/Cautious_Sky7399 Sep 24 '22

I’ll betcha it’s because it’s got 50 lanes and the destination where everyone is going can’t handle all the cars getting off the freeway quickly enough, and the feeders to that freeway aren’t “throttled down”.

It’s like if your destination airport has 10 gates and each gate requires a finite amount of time to unload/load, but someone thinks we can make this go faster by doubling/tripling the number of planes arriving at that airport. It’s still got only ten gates and it takes finite amount of time to unload/load the passengers. Doubling/tripling the number of arrivals didn’t help any, in fact I betcha it made it worse, eg planes circling overhead in the same spot waiting for a gate to open up to land.

There are some cases where increasing lanes do help but that’s when the fwy is the bottle neck, not the destination. And increasing number of lanes will improve throughput but only up until the destination capacity is met.

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u/Point_of_Awareness Sep 24 '22

This is exactly the problem. I work heavy highway for a living and this is 100% the problem. The destinations cant handle the traffic at the off ramp.

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u/TheMikeGolf Sep 24 '22

Not to mention the fact that it’s a human issue of not being able to merge.

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u/WolfsLairAbyss Sep 24 '22

Seize the gap you bitch!

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u/VILLIAMZATNER Sep 24 '22

pave the fuckin earth already

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u/Jackdks Sep 24 '22

Literally 50

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u/drskeme Sep 24 '22

Stopped at 25

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u/donorcycle Sep 24 '22

I'd like to see those crazy drivers try and catch the off-ramp they're about to miss in this shit, traffic or no traffic lol.

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u/DweEbLez0 Sep 24 '22

“No more WFH, everyone back to the office.”

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u/smartazz104 Sep 24 '22

Not more work from home, but plenty of work from highway.

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u/Brain-of-Sugar Sep 24 '22

This traffic jam is actually due to someone being a twit and having the 50 lanes merge into 20, then go through a checkpoint.

You know...

Back when they had about 25 million tourists.

In the height of tourist season.

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u/Atillion Sep 24 '22

if only we'd had a hundred and ONE lanes!!

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u/Fit_Effective_6875 Sep 24 '22

If only we had put exits

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u/WhiteyFiskk Sep 24 '22

"She can't go any wider, you've gone mad with power Xi!"

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u/zevtron Sep 24 '22

I mean they have since built hundreds of miles of high speed rail that I’m sure actually do help avoid situations like this.

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u/Fuzzy_Inevitable9748 Sep 24 '22

Ya they added 25,000 miles of high speed rail, their Shanghai Maglev train goes460 kph/286 mph. For comparison Elon built about a mile worth which takes longer to use then walking, but to be fair Elon admitted that the whole hyper-loop was a way to con the American public out of high speed rail.

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u/jerkittoanything Sep 25 '22

It's almost like Elon is a self serving piece of entitled shit.

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u/DarthSparkless Sep 24 '22

I mean, maybe just don’t immediately merge like 50 lanes down to 5 lanes lol

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u/ummagumma696969 Sep 25 '22

Yeah no one is talking about the actual cause which is the awful merge right after the border/toll both thing.

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u/T1mac Sep 24 '22

Well there's this:

Why adding more lanes doesn’t reduce traffic jams

Looks like it proves the theory about induced demand.

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u/random_impiety Sep 24 '22

When it comes to roads, if you build it, they will come.

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u/Shaggyninja Sep 25 '22

Same with good public transport.

But one of those takes up a hell of a lot less space

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u/OutlyingPlasma Sep 24 '22

They did the same thing in my city. They built a new light rail system and then people started using it. Clearly we shouldn't build any more infrastructure ever because people might... gasp... use it.

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u/Glum-Tune6734 Sep 24 '22

It’s that person going slow in the left lane

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u/DependentFamous5252 Sep 24 '22

If they all drove twice as fast.

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u/NorthwestSupercycle Sep 24 '22

Just one more lane bro. Just one more lane...

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u/Camarade1917 Sep 24 '22

They’ve built a shittone of highspeed railway since

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u/JunkYardBatman Sep 24 '22

When hell outsources it’s work to earth.

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u/thequejos Sep 24 '22

I have never seen that many lanes of traffic in my life. How many miles until your exit do you start to make your way over to the farthest lane? What a nightmare design.

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u/Mouth-Pastry Sep 24 '22

I think this was a boarder between provinces or something. You can see on the far right it begins to taper, maybe to a more normal sized highway. Regardless, this thing is like 50 lanes wide...unreal eh.

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u/Uryogu Sep 24 '22

Image with everyone already being irritated because of the hours traffic jam and then merging back into 5 (guess) lanes. That will be brutal.

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u/combuchan Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22 Silver Gold

This is a newly-installed checkpoint on China's G4 highway.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/thousands-cars-stuck-beijing-traffic-jam-50-lane/story?id=34350370

The 110 traffic jam was a completely separate incident that happened five years previously.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_National_Highway_110_traffic_jam

OP is just another stupid karma farmer.

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u/myotheraccountiscuck Sep 24 '22

OP is just another stupid karma farmer.

You hear that /u/Best_Poetry_5722 ? We're on to you. You cunt.

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u/Deadstrat Sep 25 '22

Mr. Adjective_Noun_Numbers is gonna GET IT!

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u/TheAJGman Sep 25 '22

All the best spam accounts are formatted this way. They sell em for $20 a pop to be used in astroturfing/misinformation campaigns and they usually just repost shit that previously hit r/all. They'll also frequently replay top comments on their other accounts to make those look legit too.

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u/Pircay Sep 25 '22

Recently they’ve even started mildly editing the stolen comments by doing innocuous looking stuff like removing vowels that your eye will normally skip over, so it’s harder to automod them

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u/WholesomeTJSykes Sep 24 '22

More lanes quicker route = increased traffic The answer to this is trains not more lanes if it's between countries right?

Maybe there's an alternate motive like an airstrip in case of war or something

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u/LT-monkeybrain01 Sep 24 '22

bruh, there's a tollbooth right there. that's why its so wide, so cars can slow down from highway speed to tollbooth speed without clogging up the whole highway in a traffic jam. in normal operation though.

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u/bobi2393 Sep 24 '22

Man, they really need E-ZPass!

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u/Fuzzybo Sep 24 '22

What do zombie urbanists want?

Traaaaaaiiiinns!

;-)

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u/MailFucker Sep 24 '22

It’s a toll road

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u/just_sayi Sep 24 '22

It’s making me anxious just looking at it. I can’t even imagine driving in it

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u/Beartrkkr Sep 24 '22

Oh, there's no driving. Can you imagine being parked there?

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u/user2493 Sep 24 '22

Looks like a toll gate. The traffic after appears to be merging back into fewer lanes.

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u/Ericchen1248 Sep 24 '22

Just saw a video on this recently. This highway is actually 4 lanes wide, and is just expanded to this 50 (?) lane at this toll section.

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u/rainwulf Sep 24 '22

Its just the waiting area for the toll gate.

Its a bit of a misleading photo.

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u/IndifferentParsley Sep 24 '22

So many people must have dropped a deuce in their cars.

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u/steroidsandcocaine Sep 24 '22

People must have died. I don't have 10 days of food and water in my car...

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u/AnotherAnonGringo Sep 24 '22

They weren't at a standstill, it was just that packed for 10 days.

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u/captyossarian1991 Sep 24 '22

Many drivers were able to move their vehicles only 1 km (0.6 mi) per day, and some drivers reported being stuck in the traffic jam for five days.

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u/NefariousnessOk1996 Sep 25 '22

At that point you just pull over and walk home. There was a snow storm in Alabama before where my friend had to do this.

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u/Bozzz1 Sep 25 '22

How exactly do you pull over when there's 20 lanes of cars on either side of you? You'd have to abandon your car in the middle of the freeway.

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u/GoodAtExplaining Sep 24 '22

Smartly enough, locals were walking along the highway offering to stay in peoples' cars to preserve their spot in line so that the driver could get food or just fuck off out of traffic for awhile.

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u/jaredjames66 Sep 24 '22

At that point I would just abandon my car and start walking. Maybe I'll pay the towing fee later or maybe I'll just buy a new one lol

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u/Best_Poetry_5722 Creator Sep 24 '22

Duece, maybe even Trois

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u/dirkvonshizzle Sep 24 '22

Dropping it like Bobby Lee, and he doesn’t even need to be stuck in traffic to do it. Nosotros Papaya.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

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u/evilmorph Sep 24 '22

But will you walk all the way ? Cuz you sure ain't driving there xD

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u/Madman61 Sep 24 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

Reminds me of the episode of Dr. Who.

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u/thejikz Sep 24 '22

That was a very well played epi.

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u/dat_oracle Sep 24 '22

Indeed.

Is it worth to keep watching the newer seasons?

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u/Tokivoli Sep 24 '22

I literally just watched that episode last night lol

Nobody comes back from the motorway....

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u/arkrunningbear85 Sep 24 '22

My first thought exactly! Hello fellow Whovian :D

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u/QuothTheRaven713 Sep 24 '22

Gridlock, right?

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u/adrisanroman11 Sep 24 '22

Malcolm u tried to said.

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u/thestsgarm Sep 24 '22

Why did it last ten days? Perhaps everyone ran out of gas?

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u/Best_Poetry_5722 Creator Sep 24 '22

Traffic on the China National Highway 110 had grown 40 percent every year in the previous several years, making the highway chronically congested.[5] The traffic volume at the time of the incident was 60% more than the design capacity.[9]

The cause of the traffic jam was reported to be a spike in traffic by heavy trucks heading to Beijing, along with National Highway 110's maintenance work that began five days later.[3] The road construction which reduced the road capacity by 50% [2] contributed heavily to the traffic jam and was not due to be completed until mid-September.[5] Police reported that minor breakdowns and accidents were compounding the problem. [10]

Greatly increased coal production in Inner Mongolia was transported to Beijing along this route because of the lack of railway capacity, which overloaded the highway.[11] 602 million tons of coal were mined and transported in 2009; production was expected to rise to 730 million tons in 2010.[11] An additional factor is efforts by overloaded trucks which lack proper paperwork for their cargo to avoid a coal quality supervision and inspection station on China National Highway 208. [11]

Quotations and annotations via Wikipedia

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u/combuchan Sep 24 '22 Gold

This is the G4 highway.

https://abcnews.go.com/International/thousands-cars-stuck-beijing-traffic-jam-50-lane/story?id=34350370

The 110 incident happened five years previously.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/China_National_Highway_110_traffic_jam

If you had spent less time karma farming Reddit you would have noticed that.

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u/Warm_Evil_Beans Sep 24 '22

At what point do you just leave your car and walk to town.

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u/Tricky_Shake Sep 24 '22

Watch "Falling Down" to see how this goes

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u/Grifter2u Sep 24 '22

I hate the 405 in Los Angeles

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u/martyd03 Sep 24 '22

Somebody's gotta go back and get a shit-load of dimes! ☺️

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u/GonjaNinja420 Sep 24 '22

Dang and here I though downtown PHOENIX was bad during rush hours

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u/Ace_08 Sep 24 '22

Obligatory " *Just one more lane bro... *" comment

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u/Schnitzkrieg Sep 24 '22

Starbucks be like - here's a paper straw, good on you for making a difference.

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u/abb2158 Sep 25 '22

If only they’d added that 46th lane!!

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u/_Epiclord_ Sep 25 '22

This is straight out of that traffic jam Dr who episode.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

When ever I hear about China, it reminds me that the Chinese Government has no fucks to give as far as taking care of its citizens.

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u/SonicFrost Sep 25 '22

This might literally be one of the few instances where the Chinese government acted appropriately, quickly, and in a non draconian way to alleviate a massive issue lol

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u/Camarade1917 Sep 24 '22

It was in 2010, they’ve built the largest, by far, highspeed train network in the world since. They care.

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u/Dom0 Sep 25 '22

I can't believe I had to fold 30 top comments and skip 5 pages just to see the year when it happened! Americans are like "our life is shit but hey, look, china baaaad!"

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u/GG_Henry Sep 25 '22

The Chinese have very recently lifted more people out of poverty than ever in the history of the world. Not sure how you can say this.

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u/xobybr Sep 24 '22

Just one more lane! One more lane! That will definitely fix traffic bro! Just gotta make one more lane!

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u/Tayy7458 Sep 25 '22

WHY TF IS THERE OVER 40 LANES 💀💀 (yes I counted)

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u/je_cours_1km Sep 24 '22

The more car lanes, the more traffic, the more traffic jams

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u/sbowesuk Sep 24 '22

I'm surprised there aren't more red cars there. Red it considered lucky in China.

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u/Jnoper Sep 24 '22

No this checks out. The red cars got lucky and didn’t get stuck in the traffic jam.

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u/NikosBlue Sep 24 '22

The irony of driving a red car during traffic jamapalooza 🚙 🚙 🚗 🚙 🚙!!!

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u/slayalldayyyy Sep 24 '22

And this is why I keep adult diapers in my trunk. Also because I’m a crazy astronaut ex gf.

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u/Netherworldly_Dwella Sep 24 '22

But why?

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u/Best_Poetry_5722 Creator Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Traffic on the China National Highway 110 had grown 40 percent every year in the previous several years, making the highway chronically congested.[5] The traffic volume at the time of the incident was 60% more than the design capacity.[9]

The cause of the traffic jam was reported to be a spike in traffic by heavy trucks heading to Beijing, along with National Highway 110's maintenance work that began five days later.[3] The road construction which reduced the road capacity by 50% [2] contributed heavily to the traffic jam and was not due to be completed until mid-September.[5] Police reported that minor breakdowns and accidents were compounding the problem.[10]

Greatly increased coal production in Inner Mongolia was transported to Beijing along this route because of the lack of railway capacity, which overloaded the highway.[11] 602 million tons of coal were mined and transported in 2009; production was expected to rise to 730 million tons in 2010.[11] An additional factor is efforts by overloaded trucks which lack proper paperwork for their cargo to avoid a coal quality supervision and inspection station on China National Highway 208.[11]

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u/serr7 Sep 24 '22

It’s a 4 lane highway that splits into 50 going through a toll. It was overloaded iirc from construction and semis having to use it due to railroads not being an option. So an already overwhelmed highway was overloaded with more cars than it could handle plus construction, and accidents and breakdowns made everything worse. but these people probably weren’t just parked there for 10 days, It was a traffic jam that lasted 10 days

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