Provincial Highway No. 65 and New Taipei City’s (新北市) Huanhe Expressway will be connected prior to the Lunar New Year, New Taipei City Mayor Eric Chu (朱立倫) said yesterday.
According to the city government’s transportation department, the 12.8km Highway No. 65 currently connects to Wugu Interchange (五股) on National Highway No. 1 and Tucheng Interchange (土城) on National Highway No. 3. It is also connected to seven local expressway lanes.
The New Taipei Huanhe Express Way starts on Longmen Road in Sanchong District (三重), intersects Anhe Road in Sindian District (新店) going southbound, follows the Tamsui River (淡水河) and the left coast of the Sindian River (新店溪), and passes through Banciao District (板橋), Jhonghe District (中和) and Yonghe District (永和), the department said, adding that the expressway is connected to Taipei City via 12 bridges.
Both Highway No. 65 and the Huanhe Expressway have been gradually opened to the public in recent years, with Highway No. 65 expected to be finished by Jan. 20 and the expressway by the end of this year.
Planning for Highway No. 65 started in 2000, with construction commencing in 2003. Huanhe Expressway, on the other hand, started construction in June 1998, but the first section was only completed in 2005.
The completion of both roads would facilitate their connection to Provincial Highway No. 64, National Highway No. 1 and No. 3, as well as the Zhongshan Overpass, forming a “three horizontal, three vertical” network, Chu said, while visiting workers on the Highway No. 65 and Huanhe Expressway.
In addition to encouraging the workers, Chu said that all road and traffic signals, signs and symbols should be properly installed before construction is completed.
He said workers should endeavor to finish the job prior to the Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 10.
The city government hopes the newly constructed roads would not pose any difficulties to motorists to minimize complaints, Chu said.