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Road-naming ballot in Taipei to run through Aug. 8

2011/07/25 19:59:20

Taipei, July 25 (CNA) Taipei officials said Monday that with the section of railway in the city's Songshan-Nangang area having been moved underground and the vacated above-ground space paved, the new road will need a name.

The city therefore decided to begin an online ballot that day to let citizens choose a name from among 11 options for the new road scheduled to open in October, said Huang Lu Chin-ju, an official of the city's Department of Civil Affairs (DCA).

The work is the final stage of a Taipei Railway Administration project to move the entire length of railway line running through the city underground, Huang Lu said.

The new road extends for 4.7 km and includes 11 intersections between Jilong Road and Nangang Station.

Each of the 11 name options is based on either geographic, historic or other special characteristics of the various neighborhoods through which the road runs, Huang Lu went on.

The polling, which will run through Aug. 8 on the website set up by the department to conduct the vote, is open to everyone in the country, with voters entered into a draw with prizes such as an iPad 2 and various other incentives.

(By Lung Jui-yun, Johnson Sun and Jamie Wang)