BEIJING: Bangkok has bad traffic jams, but nothing like a gigantic traffic jam in China that has been going on for the past two weeks.
For much of that time, the jam stretched for dozens of kilometres. It stems from road construction in Beijing that won’t be finished until the middle of this month, according to one official.
AT its worst, bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanned 100km with cars moving little more than 1km a day. Fortunately, the situation has begun to improve significantly said Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city’s Traffic Management Bureau general office. But he said he wasn’t sure when the situation along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway would return completely to normal.
Adapted from an AP story published in the Bangkok Post.
gigantic – extremely large มหึมา ใหญ่โต
stretch – to cause something to reach, often as far as possible, in a particular direction ขยายออก, ยืดออก
stem from – to be caused by เกิดจาก
bumper-to-bumper – of a line of cars that are tightly packed together one after another ติดขัดมาก
gridlock – a situation in which it is impossible to move or make progress ติดขัด, แออัด, รถติด
span – to include the whole of an area; to stretch ขยายออก, ยืดออก
improve – to get better ดีขึ้น