New expressway in Xinjiang preserves migration routes for wild animals
Photo shows the expressway connecting Yitunbulake in Ruoqiang County to the urban area of Ruoqiang in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. (Photo provided by China Communications Construction)
(ECNS) -- A new expressway connecting Yitunbulake in Ruoqiang County to the urban area of Ruoqiang in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has set up 176 bridges with a total length of 22.78 kilometers to create passages for migrating wild animals.
Along the expressway, 72 small culverts were transformed into larger ones to facilitate wildlife.
The 294-kilometer expressway crosses Altun Mountains and Lop Nur, both a no man's land.
As the third major traffic channel linking Xinjiang with neighboring provinces, it plays a significant role in improving living standards in southern Xinjiang and accelerating the construction of projects under the Belt and Road Initiative.
The expressway entered operation on Tuesday.