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Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway opening ceremony

The new ramp of Huazhong Bridge (Wanhua District) connecting the Shuiyuan Expressway opening ceremony was held by Mayor Ko on the morning of first of November and was scheduled to open by 19:00 the same day. The ramp would direct traffic flows from Huazhong Bridge to Shuiyuan Expressway instead of the frequently jammed Fumin Road ramp. This benefits traffic around Wanhua district and mitigates the traffic jams on the Fumin Road as well as cuts driving time.

New Construction Office (NCO), Public Works Department, Taipei City Government (TCG) noted that the Huazhong Bridge, crossing Xindian River, is a key connection channel between TCG's Wanhua District and Zhonghe District of New Taipei City (NTC). Drivers from NTC to TCG tend to get on the Shuiyuan Expressway on the route from Huazhong Bridge and the ramp at Fumin Road and connecting to Gongguan, Jianguo Expressway, and Xindian. Worse still, the Wanda First Fruit and Vegetable, and Fish Wholesale Market, close to Fumin Road, adds a lot of pedestrians and leads to daily traffic jams on this road.

Addressing this, the NCO started the new ramp of Huazhong Bridge (Wanhua District) connecting the Shuiyuan Expressway project on 2016.12.07. The said ramp comes at a length of 755 meters, lane width of 5.5 meters, and single lane configuration. The interconnection between the ramp and Huazhong Bridge scooter lane is replaced with a new route and a 280-meter scooter approach road. In addition, the Huazhong Bridge also has undergone an overhaul including improving pavements of existing car lanes, scooter lanes and sidewalk, replacing original old cement fences with flying bird stylish rails up to 1200 meters. Along with the downstream sidewalk (and bicycle lane) widening project completed in 2017, the Huazhong Bridge now looks completely new while providing a safer and more comfortable road space for citizens.

NCO especially appreciates drivers who use the Huazhong Bridge back and forth between TCG and NTC in aligning with traffic maintenance measures throughout the period which enables the works' successful execution. The same thanks go to traffic and police incumbent entities who gave their full support to promote the project and direct the traffic. At the initial period after the ramp is opened to the traffic, some of you may have difficulty cooperating with the new design; please be careful of the traffic conditions. DO NOT take a last-minute lane change if you missed entering the Huazhong Bridge ramp as the older Fumin Road ramp remains functioning to connect the Shuiyuan Expressway.
 

  Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway, work completion photo 1
 Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway, work completion photo 1  

 Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway, work completion photo 2
 Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway, work completion photo 2

 Huazhong Bridge overhaul, work completion photo
Huazhong Bridge overhaul, work completion photo

Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway opening ceremony, speech by Mayor Ko
Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway opening ceremony, speech by Mayor Ko

Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway, ribbon cutting ceremony
 Huazhong Bridge ramp connecting to Shuiyuan Expressway, ribbon cutting ceremony