1st pedestrian swing bridge in Taiwan to be inaugurated Monday in Kaohsiung

Bridge spacious enough for 550 people to cross at once, boasts lookout to provide scenic view

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(Taiwan International Ports Corporation photo)

(Taiwan International Ports Corporation photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taiwan’s first pedestrian swing bridge, which now connects Kaohsiung's Peng-lai Commercial Harbor area with the Pier-2 Art Center, will be inaugurated on Monday (July 6).

The Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) spent a total of NT$320 million (US$10.67 million) to build the Dagang Bridge, which is located at Kaohsiung Port's Pier No. 3. TIPC Chairman Lee Hsien-yi (李賢義) said that the bridge is not only the first pedestrian swing bridge in Taiwan but also the longest cross-harbor swing bridge in Asia, according to CNA.

Dagang Bridge is 110 meters in length and varies in width from 5-11 meters. The bridge allows for 550 pedestrians and cyclists to cross at the same time, shortening the walking time between the Peng-lai Commercial Harbor area and Pier-2 Art Center by 30 minutes, CNA said, adding that it takes five minutes to complete a pivot of the bridge's turning span.

The uniquely designed bridge also boasts a scenic lookout at its center that affords an extensive view of the expansive harbor, incoming and outgoing ships, and waterfront high-rises. The bridge is expected to become a new hot spot in the city, per CNA.

Monday afternoon's inauguration ceremony will be jointly presided over by Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍) and acting Kaohsiung mayor Yang Ming-jou (楊明州).


(Taiwan International Ports Corporation photo)