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Qingdao to build new airport expressway

October 19 , 2015 -- Updated 6:10 GMT

Qingdao in Shandong province will build a 40-km expressway for its new airport, the Qingdao Morning News reported on Oct 16.

With a design speed of 120 kilometers per hour, the project is planned to start construction in 2016 and open to traffic in 2019. The total investment is expected to reach 12.3 billion yuan ($1.9 billion).

The new airport, located to the west of the Dagu River, northwest Qingdao, is scheduled to start operations at the same time as the new expressway opening in 2019.

Apart from the airport expressway, the new airport will be connected with a comprehensive transport network including railways, highways and a metro system. After the whole project is completed, visitors can reach any place in Qingdao within an hour and major cities in Shandong province in two hours.