Fri, Oct 24, 2008 - Page 2 News List

Hau inspects Taipei road project

OVERSEER The Taipei mayor promised the city the highest quality from the contractors, and called on local residents to cooperate with construction crews

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin yesterday inspects the newly leveled surface of Zhonghua Road. The Taipei City Government recently vowed to repave the city’s main roads and streets within six years.

PHOTO: LIU HSIN-DE, TAIPEI TIMES

The Taipei City Government will complete road-smoothing works on 12 major roads by the end of this year, and improve the quality of all municipal roads by 2014, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) promised yesterday.

The city government presented its “Smooth Road Project” (路平專案) in May to solve the long-term problem of poor road conditions in the city, and began construction on 12 roads including Zhonghua Road, Linsen Road, Nangang Road, Dunhua N Road, Changan W Road, Wanda Road, Changan E Road, Shipai Road, Dunhua S Road, Xinhai Road, Minquan E Road and Chengde Road.

TOUGH MEASURES

Hau yesterday inspected the project on Zhonghua Road, and vowed to toughen measures to demand the best quality for the repairs.

“We will make the municipal roads something we can be proud of in Taipei City,” Hau said.

Democratic Progressive Party Taipei City Councilor Liu Yao-ren (劉耀仁), however, challenged the city government’s efforts, and said according to IRI values, a standard roughness scale used to estimate road pavement unevenness, the pavement construction on Zhonghua Road, which cost nearly NT$10 million (US$300,000), failed to make the road smooth.

COMPLAINTS

A local resident, surnamed Lee, also complained about the poor quality of the roads, and said scooter drivers have been tolerating the bumpy roads around the city for a long time.

Liu demanded that the city government make contractors redo any construction that fails to meet the city’s quality standards.

PROMISES

Hau promised to demand the highest quality from the contractors, while calling on local residents to cooperate with construction crews since the work sometimes causes traffic congestion and other problems.

He further vowed to ban all illegal road-digging work, and encouraged all residents to report any illegal activities to the city government.

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