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Global Warming Could Sink Mongolia’s “Permafrost Highway”

“Subsidence occurred due to permafrost here in this section,” Munkhbaatar says. To repair the road, the team fills in potholes and levels uneven areas, then covers the repairs with a cement-concrete composite.

The backbone of regional development plans

Repair teams have been busy across the country. Since Mongolia’s transition to democracy and a market economy in the 1990s, the government has made road construction the backbone of its regional development plans, helping to connect urban centers, reduce transportation costs and improve travel times between cities for people and goods. In 1998, the government established a domestic road network and connected the country to the Asian Highway Network, which links Asia and Europe. And in 2001, the government launched the Millennium Road project to build a main east-west highway across the country, as well as a number of north-south highways to connect provinces and link Mongolia with China…

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