Huzhou tops Zhejiang in rural road construction | Updated: Mar 21, 2023


A view of Huzhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/]

Huzhou in East China's Zhejiang province was recently ranked first in a provincial assessment for rural road conditions in 2022.

The city is the only one in Zhejiang to see its Pavement Quality Index (PQI), an indicator measuring conditions such as smoothness, skid resistance and structural strength of roads, surpass 90 percent.

In addition, the medium quality index (MQI) of the city's rural road hit 96.82 percent, the second highest in Zhejiang.

In 2014, Huzhou became the nation's first city to implement the "road chief" system, which sees officials at each level of government take charge of the roads in their area. More than 2,600 officials from the city have been appointed as "road chiefs" in rural areas as of September 2022, according to official data.

Last year, Huzhou built or renovated 82.59 kilometers of rural roads. This year, the city plans to build or renovate an additional 26 km and perform maintenance on 329 km of roads.