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Anhui's longest highway tunnel begins construction
Updated: 2012-12-27

The 7,530-meter long Mingtangshan Tunnel — part of the highway connecting Yuexi county, Anhui province, to Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province — has begun construction. It is currently the longest tunnel among all of Anhui's tunnels, existing and under-construction.

Yuewu Highway is about 180 kilometers long, with the Anhui section stretching 46.24 km. The project begins at Lianyun village, Yuexi county, and ends at Dafengshu Mountain, the provincial boundary of Anhui and Hubei.

Since the Yuewu Highway crosses many mountainous areas, it consists of many tunnels and bridges. The whole highway has 21 large bridges and 10 tunnels, including Mingtangshan Tunnel. The total length of bridges and tunnels is 26.53 km, accounting for nearly 60 percent of the total length of the highway.