Suhua reopens after reconstruction
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Both lanes of the Suhua Highway yesterday reopened to traffic at 5 a.m. after over a month of reconstruction work.
January 31, 2013, 12:06 am TWN
A long line of vehicles waited for the moment at the highway's entry point early yesterday morning, hoping to make use of the road. It has been closed since last December when days of heavy rain washed away the road's foundation in some sections.
The Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said yesterday that, though the highway has reopened, speed and following-distance controls for vehicles weighing over 20 tons around the damaged 115-kilometer mark are in effect.
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.
In order to fully strengthen the road's foundation in the damaged section, the DGH said there will be another period of reconstruction work from Feb. 19 to May 31, during which authorities will enforce a one-lane traffic control measure.
According to the DGH, the highway was able to reopen ahead of schedule thanks to the hard work of over a dozen of workers who were on duty for nearly 20 hours a day.
The Suhua Highway is a 118-kilometer section of Provincial Highway No. 9 and an important transportation link in eastern Taiwan.