Further Suhua improvement plan to make road safer: ministry

Taipei-An ongoing project to improve road conditions on the Suhua Highway along Taiwan's rugged east coast will make travel on the route safer, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) said Wednesday in the wake of a fatal tour bus crash the previous day.

Construction has been planned since 2019 for three stretches of the highway, which connects Yilan and Hualien counties, said Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (???).

Safety enhancements between Dongao and Nanao in Yilan County, as well as between Heping and Hezhong, and Heren and Chongde in Hualien County will complement a major overhaul the highway underwent between 2011 and 2020, Lin said.

The previous upgrade involved the sections between Suao and Dongao, Nangao and Heping, and Hezhong and Daqingshui.

The ministry also laid out its latest timetable on a follow-up project that will see construction planning and environmental impact assessments completed in 2023.

Construction will start around 2025 and be completed by 2030, at an estimated cost of NT$55 billion (US$1.95 billion), it said.

Lin made the comments soon after the crash, which occurred between Dongao and Nanao, taking six lives and leaving 39 people injured.

Police investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of the crash.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel