Mon, Feb 19, 2007 - Page 2 News List

Demolition starts for two bridges

DETOUR The Zhongshan First Bridge and the Aiguo W Road overpass are about to be taken off the map to 'make traffic smoother' and the environment 'more beautiful'

By Jimmy Chuang  /  STAFF REPORTER , WITH CNA

The Taipei City Government yesterday began tearing down two aging elevated roads as part of a plan to ease traffic congestion.

The two elevated roads are the Zhongshan Second Bridge over the Keelung River and the Aiguo W Road overpass.

Taipei City Government Public Works Department Commissioner Ni Shih-piao (倪世標) said that both bridges were 26 years old.

A new Zhongshan Bridge will be completed next month to replace the old one. It will connect with the elevated Xinsheng N Road to distribute traffic into and out of the Yuanshan area.

The department is tearing down the Aiguo W Road overpass because it has lost its original function of crossing the main railway line, which was relocated underground many years ago.

"We can make traffic smoother and make our environment more beautiful by tearing it down," Ni said.

During the construction period, which is expected to be two to three months, Ni suggested motorists use other routes to avoid the area.

For commuters between downtown Taipei and the northern part of the city who use the Zhongshan Second Bridge, Ni said Chengde Road and Chongqing N Road or the new Fuxing N Road tunnel under the Songshan Airport would be the best to take.

Ni also said that motorists should avoid Aiguo W Road altogether, as there are other routes that can be taken between the southwest and the rest of Taipei.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) participated in a ceremony to launch demolition of the two elevated roads by starting a crane in the demolition zone.

"This is the moment that we will make the city's traffic better, and we are making the difference on the first day of the Lunar New Year," he said.

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