Chinese Road Construction At The Speed Of Light

MDOT road crews began clearing away the remains of the Nine Mile Rd bridge from Wednesday's tanker truck explosion. Pretty quick, right? Not really. Want to see quick construction? Head to Shijiazhuang, China and see how quickly an intersection's built.

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Shijiazhuang is the captial of Hebei Province and contains an ever growing population of 9.3 million people, 2.3 million of which live in the city center. The rapid urban growth that this once small, unknown village has seen in the past two decades has been helped by an extremely dedicated and quick workforce who's been responsible for this ever growing populace. Take a peak at the gallery of images below to see just how quickly this intersection is torn down and completely redeveloped. [via SkyScraperCity]

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February 2009


Note the dirt pit at the bottom right hand corner of the image while looking through the gallery.

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March 2009


Tearing out the old road? Meh, U.S. transportation authority can do that in a month's time.

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April 2009


What's this? Two months in and there's already a structure up? Note the base of the building on the bottom right.

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May 2009


It's quickly starting to look like something now.

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June 2009


Bet you didn't notice this before now — There's a new lower section that allows travel underneath the intersection, necessitating the raised center.

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July 2009


Five months and it's completed along with half of a new multi-storied building — Damn they're quick! But will it all last?

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DISCUSSION

In the US first politicians would drag their feet making any kind of decision. Then they'd have to move onto the impact study phase which serves to purpose other than making money for a handful of consultants.

Then we'd have a bunch of whiners trying to block the project because of either some perceived environmental impact or because they felt it threatened their "idyllic" community.

Years later construction would finally begin. The construction company would seriously overcharge and the project would take 3 times as long as the already ridiculously long initial estimate. Union labor is in no small part to blame for that. Two guys standing around for every guy working.

And when the project is finally done, it often doesn't properly address the issues it was supposed to resolve because of excessive compromising and poor planning. And the quality of the work would be substandard, not sufficiently resistant to the elements, foundation not adequate to handle load, premature wear, etc.

This is how things today in America get done. Everyone's got an axe to grind but nobody has pride in the work they do.