Reservoir proving popular
The Wushantou Reservoir Scenic Area has seen increasing numbers of Japanese visitors, the Siraya National Scenic Administration said. As of last month, the number of Japanese visitors had reached 4,000, exceeding the total for all of last year, the administration said. It added that more than 120,000 people in Taiwan and from around the world had visited the area so far this year. Yoichi Hatta, the Japanese engineer who built the reservoir in 1930 and enjoyed widespread fame in Taiwan and Japan, could be a major pull for Japanese tourists, said Huang Ling-ying, a spokeswoman for the Chianan Irrigation Association. The fact that Wushantou is recognized as a civil engineering heritage site by the Japan Society of Civil Engineering might also help to increase the area’s popularity, Huang said.
Highway to get safety boost
More monitoring and communication devices will be installed along the Suhua Highway to make road condition information and rescue facilities more easily available to drivers, the Directorate General of Highways (DGH) said. A total of 21 emergency telephones will be set up along the highway where cell phone signals are weak, while 35 closed-circuit televisions and three content management systems will be installed to display real-time road conditions, the DGH said. The DGH will construct another five open tunnels at points along the 118km highway and will extend the tunnel at the 112.8km mark from 30m to 100m, the DGH said. The tunnels could serve as temporary shelters in case of sudden rock falls, said Liao Wu-chang (廖吳章), deputy director of the DGH’s fourth maintenance office. The emergency response system is expected to be completed by April next year, he said.