After years of painstaking work and tireless dedication, all road sections for upgrading the Suhua Highway in mountainous areas of Eastern Taiwan are now in operation following a special ceremony commemorating the opening of the Nanao to Heping and Hechung to Dacingshuei Sections of the Highway held on January 6, 2020.
CECI started providing consulting services for improving the Suhua Highway back in 2009 so that the highway could bypass the most dangerous parts of the old highway, mostly through the use of tunnels, which account for more than 60 percent of the newly built sections of road.
The Suhua Highway, which is part of Taiwan Provincial Highway No. 9, originally stretched for an overall length of 77 kilometers from Yilan County to Hualien County along Taiwan’s rugged and spectacularly beautiful east coast. But now, with the implementation of three new improvement sections (combined length of 38.8 kilometers), the length of the highway has been reduced to 53 kilometers and the traveling time has been reduced by 60 minutes.
Taiwan’s Premier Su Tseng-chang presided over the ceremony thanking all of the various construction teams for their hard work and dedication in building this safer and quicker trip home for the area’s residents and travelers, while representatives from CECI were on hand to accept special honors and awards in recognition of CECI’s involvement in the Project.
The completion of the Suhua Highway Improvement Project marks a major milestone and achievement for Taiwan's overall road transportation network, and the highway's new route is expected to provide more job opportunities for local residents, greatly stimulate the local economy, reduce the disparity between northern and eastern cities of Taiwan, and make tremendous improvements to the highway's efficiency and safety.