Empty eight lane roads in Zibo

This week I was in Zibo (map), a 1.5 hours bus drive from the nearest airport of Jinan. There are about 4 million people living here. The city is known for material arts and it’s rich resources. Due to the resources, the city is characterized by smog, due to coal mining and farmers. To facilitate the mining, the prefecture-level city has a grid of 8 lane roads with trucks driving over them.Asking about the empty broad roads, I was told that the 8 lane roads were even more quiet in 2006, solemnly used by trucks. China’s rapid economic growth, taking many families to middle class has effect on the people here as well. According to this source, almost every family owns a car in this city.