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Taiwan to reopen road destroyed by landslide

April 25 disaster killed 4 near Keelung

Taiwan to reopen road destroyed by landslide

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The stretch of the No.3 Freeway destroyed by a landslide that killed four is scheduled to be reopened Tuesday at noon.
On the afternoon of April 25, soil and rocks slid off a dip slope along the road between Keelung and Hsichih despite the absence of rain or an earthquake. The disaster led to a nationwide review of similar dip slopes along major roads or close to apartment towers.
Days of excavation and rescue work turned up four bodies of people who had been traveling in three cars on the road at the time of the disaster. Several other people escaped by braking just before the landslide hit them. A total of 300,000 cubic meters of soil and rock was removed from the 300-meter-long stretch of road, reports said.
The National Freeway Bureau was planning to open two lanes in each direction, though trucks and other large vehicles would still be barred from using the road, reports said. A special speed limit of 60 kilometers an hour would be in force, the bureau said.
After the disaster more than a month ago, the number of vehicles using the No.1 or Sun Yat-sen Freeway between Keelung and Hsichih increased by 40 percent, according to the bureau. Apart from commuters, container trucks traveling to and from Keelung’s busy harbor also often chose the other freeway as a valid alternative.
The freeway police would also keep an eye out for speeding vehicles and heavy trucks, fining them between NT$3,000 and NT$6,000, reports said.
The National Freeway Bureau was reportedly still waiting for the official green light from a task force of experts which visited the location over the weekend. If no problems were found, the bureau would officially announce its decision on Monday, with Tuesday, more than a month after the disaster, as the target date, reports said.


Updated : 2022-05-24 08:21 GMT+08:00