Suhua to reopen in time for CNY break
By Joy Lee,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Both lanes of the Suhua Highway will reopen to traffic at 5 a.m. on Jan. 30 after over a month of construction work, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) announced yesterday.
January 25, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The DGH said there will be speed and following-distance controls for vehicles weighing over 20 tons around the damaged 115-kilometer mark.
Highway official Chen Shih-chan (陳世昌) said that drivers should pay attention to the possibility of falling rocks on rainy days, and slow down when passing by the 115-km section.
“There will be no traffic volume control on the Suhua Highway during the Chinese New Year holidays, but drivers still have to be cautious and keep a safe distance from oversized vehicles,” Chen said.
According to the DGH, in order to fully strengthen the road's foundation in the damaged section, there will be another period of construction work from Feb. 19 to May 31. Authorities will enforce a one-lane traffic control measure during the period.
The DGH said that after the highway is reopened to traffic on Jan. 30, large vehicles over 20 tons will only be allowed to drive through the damaged section at a maximum speed of 25 kph and must stay at least 50 meters from the vehicle in front.
Chen said that in order to reopen the highway to traffic as soon as possible, an average of 30 to 40 construction workers were on duty for nearly 20 hours a day. Therefore, the scheduled reopening has been brought forward to earlier than the DGH originally planned.
The foundation of the highway around the 115-km marker has collapsed many times after heavy rain. The section was closed again last December after days of downpours.
Suhua Highway is a 118-kilometer section of Provincial Highway No. 9 in Taiwan, starting at Suao Township in Yilan County and ending in Hualien City. Along with the railway, the highway is one of the two main transportation links to the north for East Coast residents.
Newly Released Train Tickets Sell Out
New tickets released for trains running along the East Coast during the peak travel times of Chinese New Year have sold out, the Taiwan Railway Administration (TRA) announced yesterday.
According to the TRA, 140,000 tickets were made available because people canceled or did not pick up tickets they had reserved two days ago.
Premier Sean Chen said that even though the Ministry of Transportation and Communications cannot promise that people will get tickets for the peak travel periods, it can promise that people will be able to get tickets for other times.