Changes to Hohhot’s Intersections

Oh, the traffic in our fair city! It’s bad, but I think the following article means it’s getting worse.

I first noticed a couple months back there was no longer a left turn permitted from Wulanchabu Road to Zhao Wu Da Road which is a fairly major intersection. Then just a few days ago in a taxi he drove a long way around because he said they no longer can turn left from Xing An Lu to Xin Hua Da Jie which is certainly a major intersection.

The following article outlines the results of recent changes from the Traffic and Transportation Committee  (or whatever the agency’s name is). I’ll list what I can in English here, but it mainly lists all the intersections that have some kind of limitation about which direction cars can go.

My opinion is that it makes the situation worse because when a left turn is prevented, drivers just go a bit past the intersection and make a U-turn in the middle of the road which is worse for traffic situation than just allowing the left turn. Also, we all know very few drivers follow the posted signs so it will create more trouble when those drivers do  break the rules. But, thankfully, no one has put me in charge of solving Hohhot’s traffic woes yet.

Anyway, here’s a brief summary of the article:
-There are 17 roads that are one-way roads.
-There are 40 intersections that don’t permit left turns.
-There are 7 intersections that don’t permit right turns.
-There are 3 intersections that don’t permit going straight.
-Most of these restrictions only apply from 7 am to 10 pm.

The article lists out each of the intersections and gives summaries of possible changes for next year. You can read it in the original language below. Also, if you have wechat, you can follow the author at: hhhtshenghuo.

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