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Wenzhou’s Two Remote Counties Get Access to Expressway
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The only lacked section of Zhejiang’s expressway network has finally been“patched up”. On January 1, the Wencheng-Rui’an and Wencheng-Taishun sections of the Longyou-Lishui-Wenzhou Expressway opened to traffic, ending the history of Wencheng and Taishun Counties inaccessible to expressways. Now, expressways have extended to the land areas of Zhejiang’s each county.

According to reports, the Longyou-Lishui-Wenzhou Expressway, with the most pleasing environment, has the most complicated terrain in the province but is most urgently needed to open to traffic with rapid economic development.  As a landmark project to promote the construction of the provincial trunk line of expressways, the Longyou-Lishui-Wenzhou Expressway is invested by Zhejiang Communications Group. The expressway is about 164 kilometers long with a total investment of about RMB 32.62 billion. It consists of three sections: Wencheng-Rui’an, Wencheng-Taishun and Jingning-Wencheng. Wencheng-Rui’an section was opened to traffic on January 1, and thus Wencheng is connected to the Zhejiang Expressway Network; With the Wencheng-Taishun section completed, Luoyang Town in Taishun County of Zhejiang Province is linked to the antecedently-built Fushou section bordering on Zhejiang and Fujian Provinces  (Originally, the section was the last one unconnected to the expressways between Zhejiang and Fujian provinces), and thus is included in the Fujian Province’s expressway network.  This year, the Wencheng-Taishun section will be opened to traffic, and be linked to the Zhejiang’s expressway network.

"We have been looking forward to this section of expressways for 20 years," exclaimed the villagers of Shanmen Village, Daxue Town, Wencheng County, whose excitement is beyond words. With the section completed, beautiful scenery here will attract large number of tourists, and featured mountain products will easily go out of the mountainous areas. Therefore the section is a “quick way” to get rich.  At the beginning of the project, Zhong Shengmei, a villager of Xiaoling Village, Taishun County, is the first to respond to the requirement for relocation to build the expressway.  He said: "It is my house that was earliest demolished for building the Wencheng-Taishun Expressway. To get access to the expressway earlier, it is worthwhile to pull down the house!"

Wencheng and Taishun are the last two expressway-free counties in Zhejiang's land areas. They are located deeply in the mountainous areas of South Zhejiang and near the mountains in North Fujian.  Although the counties boast ecological beauty and historical interests, such as covered wood bridges, Radon Spring and Liu Bowen’s former residence (Liu was a famous politician and strategist in ancient China), the work of investment invitation, tourist development, etc. is impeded only because  of transport inconvenience.

On the occasion when Zhejiang is fighting a decisive battle to build a well-off society in an all-round way, it is significant to end the history of having no expressways in the two counties. Both counties are among the 26 counties designated for accelerated development in Zhejiang. With abundant tourism resources, tourism is the countries’ pillar industry.  The Longyou-Lishui-Wenzhou Expressway extends among the beautiful scenery of green mountains and clear rivers of Southwest Zhejiang. At the beginning of the design, it was taken into consideration to locate the expressway in such a route that 20-minute drive from the road would get access to all the major scenic spots not far from the road so that the spots can form a scenic district. 

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