Bus ser­vices on Suhua High­way to re­sume af­ter end of works

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Bus ser­vices will be re­sumed on the Suhua High­way af­ter an on­go­ing pro­ject to im­prove the high­way is com­pleted in 2017, Trans­porta­tion Min­is­ter Chen Jian-yu said Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Jaw Shing- jau, di­rec­tor of the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of High­way, af­ter the Suhua High- way im­prove­ment pro­ject is open to traf­fic, ex­press bus ser­vices be­tween Taipei and Hualien will be pro­vided to al­low more choices for peo­ple trav­el­ing to Eastern Tai­wan.

Chen and Jaw made the re­marks dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony for an ex­hi­bi­tion in Hualien on highways in eastern Tai­wan and the Suhua High­way im­prove­ment pro­ject.

The Suhua High­way is the main artery con­nect­ing south­ern Yi­lan County to Hualien County down Tai­wan's eastern coast.

The high­way's wind­ing, nar­row roads perched above the Pa­cific Ocean are the scene of fre­quent ac­ci­dents and are es­pe­cially vul- ner­a­ble to land­slides, and calls for an up­grade gained ur­gency in 2010 af­ter tor­ren­tial rains from Typhoon Megi trig­gered lethal land­slides on the road that killed 26 peo­ple.

The 38.8-kilo­me­ter Suhua High­way im­prove­ment pro­ject, which is aimed at im­prov­ing road safety and re­duc­ing travel times be­tween Su'ao in Yi­lan County and Hualien County, is di­vided into three sec­tions — Su'ao—Dong'ao, Nan'ao— Heping, and Heping—Ching­shui.

It will use mostly tun­nels to cut through moun­tain­ous ter­rain and re­place the Suhua High­way's most vul­ner­a­ble stretches. The pro­ject is ex­pected to be com­pleted by the end of 2017.

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