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Results of Hualien-Taitung expressway feasibility study suggest little benefit

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Results of Hualien-Taitung expressway feasibility study suggest little benefit

Huadong expressway to offer little benefit: study

The planned Hualien-Taitung expressway, which is estimated to cost more than NT$90 billion to construct and take six years to finish, offers little benefit, and therefore the possibility of the project being put forward is not high, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) has said after completing the feasibility study of the planned expressway.

Local elected representatives have been worried about the possibility of the increased influx of vehicles overflowing the Hualien and Taitung areas as improved sections from the Suhua Highway Improvement Project will begin opening for traffic from the end of 2017. They fear the current Provincial Highway 9 cannot handle such traffic increase and demand construction of the expressway.

The DGH has recently completed the feasibility study of the planned expressway, which took three years to finish.

The planned expressway is designed to run parallel to Provincial Highway 9 with a total length of 160 km from south of Hualien City to north of Taitung City, according to the feasibility study. Fourteen interchanges are planned along the expressway and the planned speed limit is 80 km/h, according to the study.

Results of the feasibility study suggest that the traffic flow into the Hualien and Taitung areas after the Suhua Highway Improvement Project is complete will not increase to such a point that the current highway systems in the areas cannot accommodate.

The DGH said it would submit the study results to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, and as for whether the project would be put forward or not, it is up to the new minister of transportation and communications to decide.


Updated : 2021-08-02 14:01 GMT+08:00