Nanfang'ao Bridge set to reopen in September: agency

06/25/2022 04:00 PM
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Taipei, June 25 (CNA) The Nanfang'ao bridge at a Yilan County fishing port, whose collapse in 2019 killed six people and injured many others, is set to reopen in September, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said Friday.

The reconstruction of Nanfang'ao Bridge, at the port of the same name in Su'ao Township in Yilan, is slightly ahead of schedule as it reached 89.53 percent as of June 15, suggesting that the bridge's formal operation may resume on Sept. 18 instead of Oct. 1, DGH officials said in a briefing to the Cabinet-level Public Construction Commission.

The bridge will incorporate mackerel images, as well as feature light art installations and an observation deck to promote local tourism, the commission said.

According to the DGH, which is in charge of the project after being commissioned by the Taiwan International Ports Corp., reconstruction of the 796.53-meter bridge started on July 16, 2020, at a cost of NT$860 million (US$29 million).

A rendered image of the completed bridge. Courtesy of Suhua Improvement Engineering Office
A rendered image of the completed bridge. Courtesy of Suhua Improvement Engineering Office

The Nanfang'ao suspension bridge collapsed on Oct. 1, 2019, killing six migrant workers from the Philippines and Indonesia, who were on fishing boats in the port.

Nine other Philippine and Indonesian migrant workers, one oil tank driver, and three rescue personnel were injured and many other vessels and vehicles were damaged in the disaster.

An investigation into the collapse found that corrosion in parts of the bridge, superficial maintenance work, and a lack of repairs were to blame for the tragedy.

In response, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications has worked with local governments to examine and fix 101 bridges across the country that needed inspections or had reported damage, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.

(By Lai Yu-chen and Lee Hsin-Yin)

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