ON THE MEND:The highway authority has drafted short and long-term plans to repair the damaged highway, after using drones to survey and evaluate the road conditions
Date: May 31, 2017
By: Cheng Wei-chi and Yang Yuan-ting / Staff reporters
The Jiugongli (九宮里) section near the 112.6km milepost of Suhua Highway (蘇花公
路) is to be opened again for guarded two-way traffic today, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said yesterday.
One lane will be open to two-way traffic from 4pm to 6pm today, which will be expanded to three times per day starting tomorrow, it said.
The agency made the decision after using unmanned aerial vehicles to evaluate road conditions and generate short and long-term repair plans for the highway, which was closed as a result of multiple rockslides that began on Sunday.
As yesterday was the last day of the four-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday, motorists were worried after many were stuck in Hualien because of the damaged highway, with the Maritime Port Bureau launching extra ferries to shuttle passengers along with their cars. [FULL STORY]