Aug 23, 2010

Mother of all traffic jams: 60 miles long and 9 days old

Think your morning commute is slow?

There is a 60 mile long traffic jam on a highway leading into Beijing China that is just now beginning to clear after nine days.

Drivers, mainly of freight-carrying trucks, have had to kill time playing cards, and have complained that local people are taking advantage of them by selling food at inflated prices, the report said.

While China is spending billions of dollars on infrastructure such as roads and railways, it is still struggling to keep up with the demands of the booming economy, and traffic jams are common.

The photo shows normal congested traffic in Beijing.