A highway linking Medog, the last roadless county in China, with neighboring Bome county in Tibet formally opened to traffic on Thursday, four years after work began, the Global Times reported Friday. The 117-kilometer highway cost 950 million yuan (US$155 million) and will be navigable nine months per year, barring major natural disasters, a local transport official was quoted as saying. Trips to and from Medog, a county of a population of 12,000, used to be a dangerous journey on foot or horseback over two snow-capped mountains, the report said. The opening of the Medog road will greatly lower transport costs and will also improve medical care and education, it said.
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