Recent heavy rains destroyed a local bridge in Kaohsiung's Taoyuan District. After 17 days of repairs, a makeshift road was completed and opened to traffic.
A line of vehicles waiting under a brightening sky. Two weeks ago, heavy rain destroyed Mingba Kelu Bridge in Kaohsiung's Taoyuan District. Highway authorities made repairs and constructed a makeshift road in the landslide-prone area. After 17 days of work, the road was opened to traffic.
Resident:” I went to help out family members with crops. I helped with the harvesting, and then immediately left. This way is more convenient, otherwise, you have to make a detour through Taitung, which is really far.”
Resident:” I couldn't sleep yesterday because I was so happy. I'm going to go buy medicine.”
Some people departed at 4 a.m. Highway authorities offered a sacrifice before opening the road to pray for safety. They also prayed for the safe return of Taoyuan District representative Hsieh I-chen, who is still missing.
“Please do not randomly honk your horns while passing through.”
Vehicles proceeded in an orderly fashion once the road opened. However, the road conditions were not good, and the rides were bumpy. For safety considerations, the road is only open in both directions from 7 to 8 a.m. and from 12 to 1 p.m. during the first three days. Authorities warned motorists to not randomly honk their horns when using the road, as construction workers could mistake the sound for the landslide warning alert noise.
Wu Chao-huang, Director, Third Maintenance Office, DGH:” We're making adjustments at this higher place. We're unable to make it perfectly straight, and there is no way to make this vertical slope as smooth as it is on flat ground. In the end, it's only a makeshift road to offer access to the three boroughs for people.”
Once the road was opened, mail delivery could resume.
Mr. Tu, Postal Carrier, Liugui Post Office:” After the road was destroyed, we kept all the letters at the post office. Now that there is a road, we're going up there to deliver all the letters.”
A postal carrier said access to tribal villages was cut off for over 14 days, and he had to accelerate his delivery speed this time because he had to be back at the road by 1 p.m. or else he wouldn't be able to return.