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‘Disposable’ Road: 2-Month-Old Road Already in Disrepair

Construction workers repaving recently paved roads in Kaili city of Guizhou province in China.

Construction workers repaving recently paved roads in Kaili city of Guizhou province in China.

From NetEase:

“Disposable road” appears in Guizhou Kaili

Not long ago, Kaili city of Guizhou province paved several sections of road along Ningbo Road, Shaoshan road, Beijing Road, etc. resulting in the road surface looking completely new. Recently, city residents discovered that these newly paved roads were crumbling, developing potholes, and other similar phenomena. Kaili city’s traffic department responded by saying that not long ago, Kaili city held an important event and completed the road repaving project before the major event at the request of the city’s leadership. “The time allotted for the work, combined with bad weather and other reasons, resulted in the road manifesting these problems.” Photo is of construction workers mending the sections of road where problems have appeared.

In Kaili city of Guizhou province in China, a two month old paved asphalt road is already crumbling and disintegrating.

When this reporter saw the serious “crumbling” road surface phenomenon, there was a lot of noise as cars drove over, and with sand and stones occasionally flying onto the sidewalk. “How is this paved asphalt at all, this is clearly just gravel,” a passerby said after seeing this reporter take out a camera out to take photos. Photo is of the seriously disintegrating road surface.

In Kaili city of Guizhou province in China, a two month old paved asphalt road is already crumbling and disintegrating.

City resident Miss Li says there are dinging sounds on the undercarriage when driving on Beijing West Road, which is a situation that hasn’t happened on Kaili’s main roads in many years. “At the beginning of this year, we were all very happy when we saw the government paving the roads, and would avoid disturbing the road construction crews, but we never imagined the fixed roads would be like this”, said Uncle Liu in consternation. Photo is of the seriously disintegrating road surface.

In Kaili city of Guizhou province in China, a two month old paved asphalt road is already crumbling and disintegrating.

Taxi driver Yang says this kind of municipal road is not only ugly but also difficult to drive on. “I don’t get it, how could a recently paved road already have these kind of quality problems?” Yang said. Another city resident said the asphalt paving of Ningbo Road and other roads was done to welcome an important event, very hastily, so the quality problems may have something to do with this. “Roads get better as they are fixed/paved, but with Beijing West Road like this, it is as if it has gone backwards by 10-20 years,” a city resident said.

In Kaili city of Guizhou province in China, a two month old paved asphalt road is already crumbling and disintegrating.

Other than serious “crumbling”, potholes and other phenomena are also appearing on the roads.

In Kaili city of Guizhou province in China, a two month old paved asphalt road is already crumbling and disintegrating.

Photo is of potholes on the roads.

Construction workers repaving recently paved roads in Kaili city of Guizhou province in China.

Photo is of construction workers mending the sections of road where problems have appeared.

Construction workers repaving recently paved roads in Kaili city of Guizhou province in China.

Photo is of construction workers mending the sections of road where problems have appeared.

Comments from NetEase:

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网易江西省南昌市网友:

Don’t need to guess, the kickback that was taken was too high, and the money actually used [on the road] wasn’t enough.

网易浙江省网友:

Can the director of the traffic department also be disposable?

反对派临时跟贴局 [网易河北省石家庄市网友]:

The LD will definitely say it is natural damage from the rain!

网易北京市网友: (responding to above)

What isn’t blamed on nature in China? Farmers have lower harvests, blame it on nature. Can’t sell, blame it on nature. Price has gone up, blame it on nature. How come they didn’t say the price of oil is too high?

[网易湖北省武汉市网友]:

Definitely corruption! Typical tofu dregs [shoddy] construction! Who will take responsibility?

网易贵州省贵阳市手机网友:

I’m from Kaili and seeing this road surface makes me really sad. I don’t know where the conscience of the managers and workers of this road paving project. This road surface was completely repaved before the Chinese New Year and just one to two months later problems have appeared throughout the entire city’s roads. I hope the leadership of the relevant departments will strictly investigate and give the entire city’s residents an explanation.

网易浙江省湖州市手机网友:

At first look, the roads have gone bad, but look deeper and it is the traffic department that has gone bad!

jkjkchen [网易广东省深圳市网友]:

Must’ve been caused by temporary workers.

今夜谁与共缠眠[网易上海市网友]:

This is simply an “image project” [construction or repairs done only to improve superficial appearances], which shows that this kind of city leadership isn’t good leadership either, not caring about the real and substantial. If he is allowed to stay in his position, he will only waste the country and the people’s resources.

weilitao [网易广东省揭阳市网友]:

Everyone knows what’s going on in this kind of thing.

网易河北省张家口市手机网友:

They’re just afraid that if they built/paved to last a hundred years in other countries, the road crews would lose their jobs!

ant2001 [网易山东省网友]:

So many roads are like this, bad after repairs, repaired because they’re bad, we’re just a joke to foreigners. A waste of resources.

Written by Fauna

Fauna is a mysterious young Shanghainese girl who lives in the only place a Shanghainese person would ever want to live: Shanghai. In mid-2008, she started chinaSMACK to combine her hobby of browsing Chinese internet forums with her goal of improving her English. Through her tireless translation of popular Chinese internet news and phenomenon, her English has apparently gotten dramatically better. At least, reading and writing-wise. Unfortunately, she's still not confident enough to have written this bio, about herself, by herself.

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