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Travel time across South-Link Highway to be cut by year end: agency

2019/11/22 19:04

Taipei, Nov. 22 (CNA) Travel on the South-Link Highway, which connects eastern and southern Taiwan, will be faster when a road upgrade project is completed at the end of the year, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said Friday.

As a result of the upgrade, the time needed to drive between Xianglan Village in Taitung County and Caopu Village in Pingtung County will be reduced by 30 minutes after construction is finished on the southernmost section of the highway, part of Provincial Highway No. 9, according to the agency.

It currently takes about two hours to travel between the two villages via the South-Link Highway, which is prone to natural disasters due to the narrow, hilly and winding roads, the DGH said.

DGH official Chiang Ching-chang (江金璋) said the upgraded highway, which is currently undergoing traffic control tests, will help to improve the quality of life enjoyed by local residents.

Disaster relief in that part of the country will also be made easier thanks to greater traffic integration, as the area is remote and difficult to access, he said, adding that the road upgrade could also boost tourism and the local economy.

Construction of the 35km project, which costs NT$20.45 billion (US$670 million), started in 2011.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)Enditem/AW