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Chinese gridlock

“The traffic jam started Aug. 14 on a stretch of the highway that is frequently congested, especially after large coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia, Zhang said. Traffic volume has increased 40 percent every year.” (Source: AP, Aug. 2010)

The above is a quote regarding the 10-day old highway gridlock in China. It is currently moving at the rate of a half mile per day. I cannot imagine how the drivers are handling the every-day living dynamics through such an ordeal to keep it moving even that much. But it makes me picture such a possibility on the I-15 once the Granite Quarry is up and running.

Granite, coal, what’s the difference? It is still more trucks and more commuters driving to work to man those trucks to say nothing of running all the quarry equipment itself. Yes, that sounds like more employment, a good thing. But not right where they want to put it, right where the tax-paying motorists have already provided them with a fine freeway ingress-egress and they won’t have to put out that extra money for roads for their trucks.

But those already using that corridor will have to put up with little bouncing rocks on windshields, higher insurance costs, and longer commute times. None of which even addresses the air contamination which is really our biggest issue.

Ann Harter


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