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Building Taipei City into a sponge city, water-permeable pavement is installed for the bike routes along Songjiang Road

The “Songjiang Road sidewalk expansion project” started on May 10 2016 and was completed open to the public in Oct 2016. This project was divided into two contracts, one on the west side of Songjiang Road from Minzu East Road to Mingsheng East Road, and the other also on the west side of Songjiang Road but from Mingsheng East Road to Civic Boulevard. The projects were conducted in a “blitz” mode to minimize the impact to traffic due to the simultaneous road works. In addition to adopting appropriate construction methods to shorten the schedule, extra manpower and equipment were deployed for accelerated progress. Rain shelters were erected at the construction zones to keep the elements from affecting the progress and traffic surveillance system was established for traffic conditions and construction works 24-7.

The ideas of “sponge city” and “people-oriented environment” were incorporated in the Songjiang Road bike routes since the design stage. Apart from the separation of pedestrians and vehicles (bikes in this case), water permeability is included in the design as water-permeable pavement is installed along certain sections of the bike routes. This increases the water infiltration size of the city, reduces the drainage loads for the storm drain, delays the peak flows and effectively reduces the pavement temperature by up to 2 to 3°C, thus mitigating thermal island effect and helping the city moving towards the goal of intelligent, green and livable city.

As it is completed, bikers may ride all the way from Songjiang Road to Xinsheng South Road and the Songjiang Road bike routes become a part of large bike route network consisting of Fushing North and South Roads, Nanjing East and West Roads, Renai Road and Xinyi road. This not only improves the green transportation environment for Taipei City, but also encourages citizens to bike in the city and for Earth.

Sidewalk expansion project on Songjiang Road, Taipei City (Contract 1) – aerial photo

Sidewalk expansion project on Songjiang Road, Taipei City (Contract 1) – aerial photo

Sidewalk expansion project on Songjiang Road, Taipei City (Contract 2) – aerial photo

Sidewalk expansion project on Songjiang Road, Taipei City (Contract 2) – aerial photo