Construction mileage: K52+300 ~ K60+046.09
Kunming ~ Shilin Expressway, with thetotal length of about 79km, is the joining section of Shantou~ Kunming Expressway (M72) and Guangzhou~ Kunming Expressway (M76). Connecting to the Shanghai-Kunming-Ruili (GZ65)national trunk line and No. 320, 208 and 213 National Highways in the north,and No. 326 and 323 National Highways in the south, it is the pivot section ofseveral trunk national lines and national highways in Yunnan. It connects Qujing, extending to Guizhou and Guangxi in the east; connects Honghe andWenshan, extending to Vietnamand Guangxi in the southwest; connects to Yuxi, extending to Simao, Xishuangbanna, Myanmarand Laos in the south;connects Chuxiong, extending to Dali, Lijiang, Tibet and Myanmarin the west; and connects Zhaotong and Zhenxiong, extending to Sichuan in the north. Itis also the first expressway of Yunnanextending to scenic areas. It was completed and open to traffic in 2003,awarded the National Superior ProjectSilver Medal.