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"Demolition of Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp and Surrounding Surface Road Type Improvement Construction" Received the 16th Public Construction Golden Quality Award of Excellence

The Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp originally crossed over the old Taiwan Railways Administration Trunk Line, and stretched from Zhongxiao Bridge, through the Beimen Ramp, to the Taipei Train Station. After the railway went underground, and the HSR and Taipei MRT opened for service, the Ramp began to lose the purpose of its main function. Instead, the surrounding roads were limited by the bridge piers, which created a winding and complicated network that obstructed the traffic and pedestrians, and was also an obstruction to the visual landscape. After the demolition of the Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp during the 2016 Chinese New Year period, the visual space around the North Gate (Beimen) suddenly cleared up and allowed direct visibility of the Qixing Mountains, shaping our new glorious capital gateway.

The construction was restricted by the structural characteristics of the bridge piers, while the construction methods also had to prevent any possible damage to the historical monument, as well as the traversing HSR, railway and metro network tunnels right underneath the ground. Furthermore, in order to reduce the impact on the traffic to a minimum, the demolition team had to finish removing the enormous volumes of ramp debris all during the Chinese New Year period.

The greatest challenge of the construction came from the fact that Zhongxiao Bridge is an important bridge connecting New Taipei City and Taipei City, which has a daily return traffic reaching as high as 150,000 vehicles. In order to reduce the impact on traffic, the 750-meter long ramp was only given an 8-day demolition period from the 6th to 14th of February, 2016 during the Chinese New Year holiday period. Methods such as whole girder, full straddle, unit chisel, shearing, suspension and machine cutting work were adopted for different bridge girder types. The work continued throughout the nights, and had a suspension design planned and set up early beforehand. An empty lot from the TRA was leased for use as the suspension assembly site to speed up the process. Various types of large machinery were on-call and were simultaneously used in the ramp removal process to accelerate and shorten the work.

The construction is a joint collaboration between the New Construction Office, the design/supervising units and the contractors. It has received special honors including the "2016 Taipei City Construction Golden Quality Award", the "2016 Ministry of Labor Golden Safety Award – Excellent Work" and the "2016 Taipei City Government Public Construction Excellence Award - Municipal Contribution Category". This time the project has again received the honor of the 16th Public Construction Golden Quality Award of Excellence. It is another solid recognition of the team's outstanding achievements.

Mr. Lan-Sheng Chi, Deputy Director of the New Construction Office, receives the award on behalf of Taipei City Government

Mr. Lan-Sheng Chi, Deputy Director of the New Construction Office, receives the award on behalf of Taipei City Government

 Photo of demolition of the Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp

Photo of demolition of the Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp

 Photo of demolition of the Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp

Photo of demolition of the Zhongxiao Bridge Ramp

 Photo of Zhongxiao West Road (Xining North Road - Zhonghua Road) now

Photo of Zhongxiao West Road (Xining North Road - Zhonghua Road) now

 Photo of Zhongxiao West Road and Zhonghua Road intersection now

Photo of Zhongxiao West Road and Zhonghua Road intersection now

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  • Updated: 2017/2/18 14:29
  • Reviewed: 2017/2/18 14:28

  • Source: New Construction Office, Public Works Department, Taipei City Government
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