In another major step towards worldwide recognition for Taiwan’s engineering, the Provincial Highway No. 9 Improvement Anshuo to Caopu Section Project, designed and supervised by CECI for the Directorate General of Highways, has received REAAA’s (Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia) Mino Best Project - High Volume Road award. Addressing this accomplishment, CECI Chairman Dr. Shih Yi-Fang noted that this international honor once again affirms the excellence of CECI’s technical capabilities, as well as the strength of Taiwan’s engineering.
REAAA’s Mino Best Project Award – named after its 10th President, the late Dr. Sadamu Mino – was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding road and bridge projects in the Asian and Australasia region. This year’s results were announced at the REAAA 16th Conference held between March 17-19 with the jury panel selecting the winner from a number of outstanding projects completed between 2016 and 2020 in Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines and other countries. Taiwan team’s victory, a notable accomplishment in and out of itself, is another milestone for its engineering technology on the global stage and will hopefully allow the world to better understand the outstanding level of the quality and dedication that Taiwanese engineers bring into their projects.
The Provincial Highway No. 9 Improvement Anshuo to Caopu Section Project presented a number of difficult challenges for CECI’s design and supervision engineers. The project’s main aim consisted in providing a safer, more convenient and sustainable highway for Taiwan’s south-east, further contributing to the more inclusive and balanced regional development on the island. Innovative solutions were adopted to replace the original narrow, winding and dangerous road section located in an overall hazard-prone and sensitive natural environment, which is home to numerous native wildlife species, such as the Chinese sparrowhawk, the ring-necked pheasant, the gem-faced civet, and others. Various monitoring and protection measures were put in place to minimize project’s negative impacts on the local ecosystems and habitats.
Upon completion, the implemented improvements allow to overcome the issues of the original route’s inadequate alignment, large profile fluctuations, insufficient width by using new bridges and tunnels to eliminate numerous curves, reduce the overall section length, and dramatically improve its service level. At the same time, deploying various eco-friendly measures enabled to preserve the unique and sensitive surrounding ecosystems and wildlife while undertaking this large-scale project which included 4.6 km of tunnels, 4.84 km of bridges and viaducts and 1.5 km of embankments.
CECI Representatives with DGH Director General Mr. Hsu Cheng-Chang
From design to construction, CECI placed the concepts of safety, sustainability, technological innovation at the core of this project with careful environmental assessments, intensive communication with the public, thorough geological, hydrological and other investigations being implemented to guarantee the project success. The remaining earthwork from tunnel excavation was used for beach regeneration on the south side of the Dawu Fishing Port. In addition, a carbon footprint lifecycle inventory system compliant with the international ISO 14067 standard was executed throughout the project.
Dr. Shih Yi-Fang, pointed out that in recent years, CECI has been continuously striving for excellence in engineering technology while at the same time placing increasing emphasis on a careful balance between "engineering" and "natural environment" in this new era of the need for environmentally sustainable transportation infrastructure. REAAA’s Mino Best Project Award is a great encouragement for the entire CECI’s team in its efforts at creating a more sustainable and "people-oriented" engineering projects.