Taipei, President Tsai Ing-wen (???) attended a ceremony Friday to mark the breakthrough of a highway tunnel expansion linking the southern and eastern counties of Pingtung and Taitung.
The South-Link Highway Expansion Project on a section of Provincial Highway No. 9, construction of which began in 2011, is expected to shorten travel time between Xianglan Village in Taitung County and Pingtung County's Caopu Village by 30 minutes upon its completion in 2020.
"Today marks a special day," Tsai said, congratulating those who helped achieve the breakthrough of the 4.6-kilometer stretch of tunnel.
Provincial Highway No. 9 is a major part of the South-Link Highway and is of great significance to local residents, she said in a speech.
Beginning from the early stages of planning to construction, the project has been through three different administrations, she said, adding that the road will help reduce traffic congestion, especially during Lunar New Year holidays.
The infrastructure development project is part of a key government economic policy aimed at building the infrastructure the country needs for its national development.
Balancing regional development is a major part of the government's policy goals, and infrastructure is one of them, Tsai added.
Directorate General of Highways chief Chen Yen-po (???) said that with the tunnel breakthrough, he is confident that the project can be completed before the Lunar New Year holiday of 2020.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel