It’s back. That 60-mile long traffic jam on the road from Beijing to Mongolia, cleared by authorities two weeks ago, has reappeared. Latest reports put it at 75 miles long. The stated cause of the jam is a construction project that isn’t scheduled to be completed until September 17th. I guess it’s a testament to impatience, ignorance and desperation. You would think some of the drivers stuck on the road could have postponed their trip for two more weeks.  But planning obviously is not a strong suit for the human species.

It’s not just rapidly developing countries that produce massive traffic jams. It turns out the French hold the Guinness World Record for longest jam: 109 miles stretching from Lyon toward Paris on February 16, 1980, and 18 million Germans were bumper to bumper on April 12, 1990.   Clearly, you can run into trouble anywhere.

If you’re planning a road trip overseas, you don’t currently have a lot of resources to help you avoid jams, although web cams are proliferating. It’s only just started carrying international destinations (U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Denmark), but www.trafficland.com has the potential to become the worldwide traffic web cam portal. Do you know of any others?

Photo by Cory M. Grenier

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Michael Hartung, editor of Healthy Travel Blog, serves as head of Product Development at HTH Worldwide. Mike is responsible for all product strategy and development for the company. Mike has over twenty years of successful product innovation to his credit. He has played a senior management role in three start-up companies and has built complex organizations in rapid growth environments. Prior to joining HTH in 2000, he served as President of U.S. Healthcare’s Workers Comp Advantage subsidiary, which he co-founded with Angelo Masciantonio. Mike has also served in senior roles at Aon Consulting, Vantage Health Partners and Managed Health Care Services. Mike earned an M.B.A. from New York University, an M.A. from Duke University and a B.A. from Carleton College.

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