The construction ceremony of the Ya’an-Kangding Highway was held in Ya’an City of Garze Autonomous Prefecture，Sichuan Province on April 20th, ending the history with no highway in the area.
The Ya’an-Kangding Highway, first highway in Garze is expected to be put into operation in 2017.
The four-lane highway is designed with a length of 135 km, the speed of 80 km/h and a total investment of 23.1 billion yuan.
The highway can accelerate the economic development in Garze as a connecting road from inland China to the Tibetan areas. It will put an end to the history of no highway in Garze, perfect the national and Sichuan highway network, and improve traffic conditions in earthquake-hit areas in the ethnic minority regions.