In the first half of this year, construction began on nearly 170 new expressway and national and provincial road projects covering 4,800 kilometers, with a total investment of 291 billion yuan, according to a regular press conference of the Ministry of Transport on July 28. Steady progress was made in highway projects under construction. At the press conference, Wang Songbo, deputy director of the comprehensive planning department of the Ministry of Transport, said that by the end of June, 87,000 kilometers of new highways and ordinary national and provincial roads were under construction, with more than 2,000 projects under construction, with a total investment of about 7.3 trillion yuan. Speaking of specific projects, Wang Songbo said that in the first half of this year, the Heihe-Blagoveshchansk road bridge connecting China and Russia was officially opened to traffic, and three national expressway connecting lines, G1523 Ningbo to Dongguan Expressway, G1517 Putian-Yanling Expressway and G3011 Liuyuan to Golmud Expressway, were completed. The Qilan Expressway from Shexian County in Hebei to the boundary between Shanxi and Hebei has been renovated and expanded. The Sichuan-Tibet Railway supporting highway project has been fully started and some projects have been completed. The Shenzhen-China Corridor, Changtai Yangtze River Bridge, Wuwei Expressway and other major projects were carried out in an orderly manner. Key projects such as Zhangjinggao Yangtze River Bridge and the reconstruction and expansion of the Beijing-Taiwan Expressway from Qihe to Jinan have started construction in full swing. "It is expected that the construction of a number of key highway projects will be accelerated in the second half of the year, and the important role of highway construction in expanding effective investment will be continuously brought into play." In terms of water transportation, Wang Songbo introduced that in the first half of the year, the fourth phase project of Taicang Port Area of Suzhou Port and the automation renovation project of No.7 and No.8 berths of Dalianping South operation area of Qinzhou Port have been completed and put into operation. We accelerated the implementation of the waterway improvement project between Chaotianmen and Fuling on the Yangtze River trunk Line, the navigation project between the Yangtze River and Huaihe River, and the second phase of the 3,000-ton waterway project between Guigang and Wuzhou on the Xijiang River. The construction of Tianjin Port North Navigation Road and related water dredging and upgrading project, Nantong port Tongzhou Bay Port area related wharf, Yangjiang Port HailingBay Port area related universal berth wharf, etc. Meanwhile, the Pinglu Canal project, a new land-sea channel in the western region, is scheduled to start construction this year, and the preliminary work of major projects such as the Xiaoyangshan Container terminal on the north side of Shanghai International Shipping Center Yangshan Deep-water Port Area is accelerating. In terms of comprehensive transportation hub, Wang Songbo said that the main project of Hubei Ezhou international logistics core hub has been completed and operated; The project progress of Huanghua Airport in Changsha, Hunan Province has exceeded 30%. Hainan Free Trade Port Haikou new port comprehensive transportation hub project progress exceeded 75 percent.