Chinese City Does U-Turn On 650 ft Speed Bump Road

Story By: John FengSub-EditorJoseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report


Chinese officials have u-turned over this newly built 650-foot speed bump road dubbed the ‘world’s longest deceleration zone’ after complaints from motorists.

Hilarious dashcam footage from the city of Shantou, in South China’s Guangdong Province, shows vehicles rattling and occupants’ voices vibrating as they drive along Jinfeng East Road.

The more than 200 metres (650 feet) of road leading from Jinfeng Bridge to the junction with Dongxia Road had been marked with new speed bumps at the end of March.

Local officials said it was to protect workers who are busy building the new Dongshan Tunnel up ahead.

However, by the beginning of April several sections of speed bumps had been removed due to the complaints by residents.

Dubbed the ‘world’s longest deceleration zone’, it led to Shantou becoming the butt of all jokes in China, and resulted in amusing vox pops such as one by driver Mr Li, who said: “Driving over it is like driving through an earthquake. It really doesn’t feel great.”


The city’s deputy head of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, Mr Huang, said “certain adjustments” had been made to the speed bumps since 31st March.

The road remains off limits to vehicles weighing over 2 tonnes in order to ensure the safety of those building Dongshan Tunnel, which is due for completion by the end of 2020.

Mr Huang said: “These speed bumps were put in place in order to rapidly decelerate vehicles from a speed of 60 kph (37 mph) to zero over a distance of just 135 metres (440 feet).


“So from a safety perspective, when placing these speed bumps, we went beyond the normal regulations.”

According to reports, there are now gaps in sections of the speed bumps, but it is unclear whether it was significantly improve the lives of local residents and motorists who use the thoroughfare.

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