After 15 years of construction, Huanhe Expressway fully opens
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- The NT$36.3 billion New Taipei Huanhe Expressway was completed after 15 years of construction with the opening of its Yonghe section yesterday.
January 29, 2013, 12:38 am TWN
The expressway will cut driving time from New Taipei's Sanchong District to Sindian District by more than half to 19 minutes, according to Simon Chao (趙紹廉), head of the city's Transportation Bureau.
At the Yonghe section opening ceremony, Vice President Wu Den-yih celebrated the expressway as a great facilitator of transportation between Taipei and New Taipei City. New Taipei Mayor Eric Chu, meanwhile, said the expressway will provide service to a total of 2.2 million of local residents. Chu said he has started talks with his Taipei counterpart Hau Lung-bin to add five more express bus routes using the expressway to the existing 27. Using the expressway and Provincial Highway 64, drivers will need as little as 30 minutes to travel from New Taipei's southern district of Jonghe to its northern district of Tamsui.
The expressway hugs the left bank of the Tamsui River from Sanchong's Longmen Road to the Erchong Floodway (二重疏洪道) and the left bank of the Sindian River from the Huajiang Bridge in Banciao District to Anhe Road in Xindian District. The construction of the north-south expressway was approved in 1996, started in 1999 and cost NT$36.3 billion, said Minister of the Interior Lee Hong-yuan (李鴻源).
As the last pieces of the northern metropolitan transportation network fall into place with the completion of the Huanhe Expressway and the opening of Provincial Highway 65 slated for Wednesday, travel time between regions in Greater Taipei will substantially shorten, said the vice president. Provincial Highway 65 will cut driving time from Wugu Interchange of National Freeway No. 1 to Tuchang Interchange of National Freeway No. 3 drastically from 40 minutes to 13 minutes, Wu said.