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Hualien County: Premier hopes highway improvement project can start at year-end

A rescuer looks at the devastated Suhua Highway's 106km section today. Premier Wu Den-yih expressed hope yesterday that an improvement project of the ...
This photo shows a sign reading that the Suhua Highway in eastern Taiwan will be reopened no later than Nov. 15. The improvement project will result i...

A rescuer looks at the devastated Suhua Highway's 106km section today. Premier Wu Den-yih expressed hope yesterday that an improvement project of the ...

This photo shows a sign reading that the Suhua Highway in eastern Taiwan will be reopened no later than Nov. 15. The improvement project will result i...

Premier Wu Den-yih expressed hope yesterday that an improvement project of the Suhua Highway in eastern Taiwan can pass an environmental impact assessment so that construction can start at the end of this year.

The improvements will result in bypasses for the most accident-prone sections of the twisty Suhua Highway, which connects Yilan and Hualien counties.

He said the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) had submitted the project to the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) for review and the EPA, after an initial review by specialists Oct. 18, asked the MOTC to make certain revisions.

"The Cabinet will not interfere with the environmental impact assessments and will respect the EPA's professionalism to ensure safety," Wu said.

He also said the assessment should be conducted "in a fair manner" so that tender bidding and construction can begin by the year's end.

He said the improvement project will take into consideration environmental protection, will reduce the danger on the highway, and will cut the travel time by 48 minutes.

The premier said the most immediate task is to repair the highway, seven sections of which were cut off after it was battered by record-breaking downpours from Typhoon Megi, which had left 13 dead and 25 missing as of yesterday.

"This is because the improvement project will not be completed until 2016 at the latest, so between now and then, the highway must still serve its mission as a major artery," he added.

He said that after the highway is repaired, the government will install soil movement monitoring systems on the adjacent slopes.

"In the event of downpours and soil movement, a ban on traffic will be enforced immediately to avoid accidents," he added.


Updated : 2021-10-25 19:42 GMT+08:00