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Working Against the Clock
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  • A ramp is laid out in the eastern suburbs of Beijing
  • Pei Rui (left) discusses the expressway’s progress with a colleague on August 22
  • Earthwork--processing the ground surface by excavating or bulldozing to create an even surface--is the most difficult and time-consuming part in the construction of the Beijing-Qinhuangdao Expressway
  • A worker takes a breather from welding steel rods underground
  • Pei Rui (left) and his team set up provisional footholds for the workers after a heavy rain
  • 11 工人正在工地上工作。.jpg
  • 9 2017年8月22日,裴睿(左)在办公室和他的同事研究工作。.jpg
  • 12 土方工程是目前京秦高速建造中最耗时费力的内容,裴睿等工程师认为未来的高速公路将从营造结构上改善,从而减少对土方的依赖。.jpg
  • 13 一名工人正在工地上工作。.jpg
  • 10 2017年8月22日,裴睿(左)正在工地的积水处和同事搭建简易踏板。.jpg

Photos by Wei Yao, edited by Lu Yan

Every day Pei Rui, a 30-year-old project supervisor, goes to the construction site of the Beijing-Qinhuangdao Expressway in Beijing to inspect the work and discuss its progress with workers. Though Pei’s job title is director of the project management security department, he is actually in charge of all procedures of the Beijing leg of the project.

The Beijing-Qinhuangdao Expressway, planned to open to traffic in 2020, will link Beijing with Qinhuangdao, a port city in the northern Hebei Province. The construction started in November 2016.

Pei and his colleagues are in charge of the 6-km stretch in Beijing. Although it’s not a long segment, the work is difficult and urgent, which means a lot of pressure for the workers.

This summer, for instance, it rained a lot in the capital. To ensure the work progressed safely and the quality of the construction was maintained, the men had to wait for the rain to stop, which added to the difficulties in finishing the construction in time.

“I get anxious when it rains,” Pei said. “I have to then make sure that the delay is made up.”

The Beijing part of the expressway, one of the capital’s key projects this year, is intended to improve the expressway network and regional traffic conditions and the integration of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region. Once the new expressway is opened, the distance between Beijing and Qinhuangdao, which is also a famous tourist destination, will be halved, which will be around two hours.

Last year, the government announced it would be moving some of the municipal authorities’ functions to a satellite area east of Beijing, Once the sub-center in Tongzhou District is completed, it is expected to create heavy traffic in that direction. So the Beijing-Qinhuangdao Expressway will help ease the pressure.

Copyedited by Sudeshna Sarkar

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