China News Service, Zhuhai, May 1st, title: "Traffic artery" Guangao Expressway opens up the "peripheral nerves" of cities in the Bay Area

The rolling traffic on the Zhuhai (Haizhou) section (also known as the "Guangzhou-Aozhou Expressway") brings vitality and vitality to the development of cities along the route.

Relying on convenient expressway conditions, cities along the Guangao Expressway have successively built a series of development zones and industrial zones, such as Nansha Free Trade Zone, Zhongshan Torch High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Zhongshan Cuiheng New District, Zhuhai National High-tech Industrial Development Zone, Zhuhai Hengqin New District, etc.

As the "traffic artery" of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area, the traffic volume of the Guang-Macao Expressway has increased from more than 20,000 peak traffic in 2000 to nearly 200,000 current peak traffic. Over the past 20 years since its opening to traffic, the GDP of Guangzhou, Zhongshan, and Zhuhai along the Guangao Expressway has increased by more than ten times.

Guangzhou-Ao Expressway is located at the southernmost end of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway, starting from Tangkeng, Nansha District, Guangzhou City in the north, passing through Zhongshan, and reaching Jinding District, Xiangzhou District, Zhuhai City in the south. The route is about 62.4 kilometers long. It was in October 1995. Construction was officially started, and it was opened to traffic on December 6, 1999. It is the first expressway that directly leads from the inland to Macau.

"Before the opening to traffic, it was less than 100 kilometers from Guangzhou to Zhuhai and Macau, but it took five or six ferry crossings, which took nearly 8 hours." Executive Deputy General Manager of Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway Guangzhu Section Co., Ltd. Manager Zhu Hengzhang introduced that the Guangzhou-Zhuhai section was shortened to 2 hours after it was opened to traffic, which improved the traffic efficiency of cities along the route.

"In the early stage of construction, the traffic was inconvenient, and measurement and detection had to be carried out on foot. A day’s walk could range from a few kilometers to as many as ten kilometers. When you returned to your residence, your legs and feet were not at your disposal." Beijing-Zhuhai Expressway Chen Longzhi, chief engineer of the Guangzhou-Zhuhai Section Co., Ltd. recalled that the Guang-Ao Expressway was located in a shoal of banana forests, with many rivers and deep soft foundations, making construction very difficult. The living conditions of the builders are also extremely difficult. "They live in a bungalow with iron sheets and asbestos walls in a remote waste brick factory, and they drink water from a self-dug well."

The completion and opening of the Guangzhou-Macao Expressway ended the history of no expressways in Zhongshan and Zhuhai, opened up the "peripheral nerves" of the cities in the Bay Area, witnessed and welcomed the return of the Macao Special Administrative Region, and contributed to the economic development of the local areas along the route. People's exchanges provide convenient transportation.

Macao resident Chen Yuyong brought a delegation from Macao to the mainland for exchanges every year before the new crown pneumonia epidemic. He said that there are many ways to get to the mainland, but he will still choose the Guangao Expressway. "The Guangao Expressway is the link for Macao youths to understand the development of the motherland."

Guangzhou-Ao Expressway spans the west bank of the Pearl River and is connected to the Guangzhou-Shenzhen Expressway through the Humen Bridge. Cultural and economic exchanges between cities have accelerated the construction and development of cities.

The sales of lighting sold in Guzhen Town, Zhongshan City, known as the "Lighting Capital of China", are inseparable from logistics and transportation. The high-speed network extending in all directions expands the scope of lighting "illumination" to domestic and overseas markets. More than 130 countries and regions around the world.

Kuang Zhi, secretary of the Party Committee of Guzhen Town, Zhongshan City, introduced that the rapid development of lighting in Guzhen town depends on the efficient traffic mode of expressways. With highway construction extending in all directions, the location advantage of the ancient town is becoming more and more obvious. Since last year alone, more than 100 high-quality companies with high technological content and willingness to go public have sought to settle in Guzhen.

The wind blows from southern Guangdong and the tide surges into the Pearl River. The Guangzhou-Macau Expressway connects to the Nansha Free Trade Zone in the north and the Hengqin Free Trade Zone in Zhuhai to the south. In the future, it will also connect to the Shenzhen Qianhai Free Trade Zone through the Shenzhen-China Corridor. The interconnection of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area is gradually taking shape. Urban agglomerations are rapidly emerging. (End)