Northeastern Urban Road Link nearing Sanyuan Bridge, December 2005

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Northeastern Urban Road Link construction site between Xiaojie Bridge and Dongzhimen Bridge, 2004


Same site, spring 2003

The Northeastern Urban Road Link (东北城角联络线) is a city express road, providing a direct, rapid link from the northeastern 2nd Ring Road between Xiaojie Bridge and Dongzhimen Bridge through to the Airport Expressway.

Construction began in 2004. The road link's bridge structures were gradually put into place in late 2004 and by mid-2005, more and more of the road link is being completed. The road opened on December 24, 2005.

Traffic will be able to access the Airport Expressway in under 2 minutes (in good traffic), as the road link is a mere 2.5 km in length. Most of the road is in the form of a long viaduct.


2nd Ring RoadEdit

A huge construction site on both sides of the 2nd Ring Road between Xiaojie Bridge and Dongzhimen Bridge heralded the start of the project. In all, four new ramps were built, with the ramp coming from the 2nd Ring Road (clockwise direction) the widest, with two lanes and an emergency lane, and the ramp that connects to the eastern 2nd Ring Road the longest. Noise protection walls were installed.

A huge, new pedestrian bridge crossing was built and completed in late January 2005.

Traffic can access the road link from the main road of the 2nd Ring Road heading counterclockwise, and from the main and side roads of the 2nd Ring Road heading clockwise.

Dongzhimen Outer Side StreetEdit

The road link ultimately forms part of what used to be Dongzhimen Outer Side Street. To make way for the express road link, a large part of a roadside park and plenty of trees were destroyed in mid-2004. The former, larger roadside park often was the scene morning exercises, especially tai-chi and dancing. The only remains of park life include a poorly-maintained children's playground, which is dangerously close to the road; however, the playground was preserved.

3rd Ring RoadEdit

Sanyuan Bridge was expected to be altered to accommodate for the new road. Currently, there is no traffic input heading southwest; the only way vehicles can access the road link is by a direct road from the Airport Expressway.


  • Speed limit: 60 km/h for the main road; 30 km/h for the side road; 30 km/h or 40 km/h on individual bridge portions.
  • Speed checks: None


Symbols: ExitR = exit (NoAccess = closed), Interchange = main interchange

Xiaojie Bridge → Sanyuan BridgeEdit

Exit # English/Pinyin Name (Bridge) Chinese Name (Bridge)
Interchange 2nd Ring Road (Xiaojie Bridge) 二环路 (小街桥)
ExitR Xinyuan Street, Sanyuan East Bridge 新源街, 三元东桥
Interchange 3rd Ring Road (Sanyuan Bridge) 三环路 (三元桥)

Sanyuan Bridge → Xiaojie BridgeEdit

Exit # English/Pinyin Name (Bridge) Chinese Name (Bridge)
Interchange 3rd Ring Road (Sanyuan Bridge) 三环路 (三元桥)
ExitR - -
Interchange 2nd Ring Road (Xiaojie Bridge) 二环路 (小街桥)


Beijing City Express Roads
Opened City Express Roads: Radial: Northeastern Link | Jingcheng Link (Taiyanggong Bridge - Wanghe Bridge) | Lianhuachi (Lianhuachi East and West, Lianshi East and West) | Xizhimen Outer Street | Fengbei Road (opening Dec 2005)

Circular: 2nd Ring Road | 3rd Ring Road | 4th Ring Road

City Express Roads under construction: Jingcheng Link (Wanghe Bridge - Taiyanggong Bridge) | Tonghui Link | Puhuangyu Road
Projected City Express Roads: Yaojiayuan Road | Fushi Road | Xueyuan Road (4th Ring Road - 5th Ring Road)

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