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MOTC to expand section of Highway 4 in Taichung

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Taiwan Area National Expressway Engineering Bureau (TANEEB) under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced yesterday that construction on the new section between Fengyuan and Tanzi of National Highway No. 4 is expected to begin next year and will complete the last section of the highway network in the Greater Taichung City area after opening to the public in 2021.

TANEEB pointed out the project is aimed at finishing the last piece of the highway puzzle in Greater Taichung City formed by National Highway No. 1, National Highway No. 3, the Qingshui and Fengyuan sections of National Highway No. 4, Provincial Highway No. 74 and Provincial Highway No. 61. The new section will further complete the network, easing the traffic burden for everyday commuters.

Chen Yi-biau (陳議標) from the TANEEB said the project had already passed its environmental assessment last year. It is now designing the construction details and schedules. At the beginning of 2015, TANEEB plans to start the preliminary planning of using the land based on the Land Expropriation Act. He stated that the entire preparation stage is expected to take two years and the four-year project will be started in 2017 if everything goes smoothly.

According to TANEEB, the new route is about 10.9-kilometers long. It is expected to be finished by the end of 2020 at the earliest and open to public in 2021 after examinations.

In addition, Chen also pointed out that about 1 million people along the route can benefit since it will likely reduce traffic on National Highway No. 3 between the KuaiGuan and Wufeng sections by 13 percent. It is also expected to reduce the traffic jams between Fengyuan and Daya section on National Highway No. 1, reducing traffic by 20 percent after the project's completion.

Transportation Minister Takes Ice Bucket Challenge

Before the press conference to announce the new route's construction, Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) took the Ice Bucket Challenge for people who suffer from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and donated NT$3,000 to the ALS Association.

Yeh nominated Culture Minister Lung Ying-tai (龍應台), former Legislator Joanna Lei (雷倩) and radio host Zoe Li (黎明柔) to continue the challenge and support those with the debilitating disease.

“I feel cooler and calmer after (the challenge). I hope that I can keep this same attitude when facing difficulties so I can keep working for our citizens,” said Yeh.

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