THE LONGEST TUNNEL:The tortuous east coast road improvements are set to reduce travel time and increase safety, with sections set to be completed by the end of the year
Date: Aug 04, 2015
By: Staff writer, with CNA
The highly anticipated Suhua Highway improvement project achieved a major milestone
yesterday when construction of a section of the longest tunnel along the coastal highway was completed.
Finishing the 1.4km section at the center of the southbound section of the 7.9km Kuanyin Tunnel is likely to speed up work in the tunnel, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Engineers accessed the center of the tunnel from the side via an old railway tunnel and can now access equipment that can drill to both ends of the tunnel fairly quickly, officials said.
Minister of Transportation and Communications Chen Jian-yu (陳建宇) said the ministry expects to wrap up construction of the southbound section the tunnel in June next year, while the northbound section is due to be completed by the end of this year. [FULL STORY]