Asia’s most populous country to get ‘most advanced’ road in decades
New roads and bridges have been installed in China’s Taipei, Taiwan, to become the most advanced in the world and make the city one of the most densely populated.
Key points:Taiwan’s population is growing by 3.5 times a yearThe roads are designed to accommodate more than 1.5 million vehicles per dayThe city will have the world’s longest paved road at 2.5 kilometresHighways are designed with two lanes of traffic in each directionTaiwan City Mayor Chen Zhong-chung told a news conference that the road will be completed by 2020 and will be the longest in the World.
It is expected to be completed on an average of 12 hours a day and will run along the Chao Phraya River from the north to the south.
Mr Chen said that while there had been “many challenges” in the past, the project had gone ahead without any major problems.
“I’m proud that the government has chosen the right solution and the road has been constructed,” he said.
The roads will connect Taipei to the neighbouring city of Dandong, which has about 1.2 million residents.
The Chinese government has been planning to build the Taipei City road for about 20 years.
Construction of the roads started in 2003 and has been financed by the Government of Taiwan.
Mr Chou added that the roads would be “fully operational” within a decade.
The project has been hailed as a milestone for China’s infrastructure.
“This project is a great achievement for the Chinese government and it is a big step forward for Taipei,” he added.
Mr Wu, a spokesman for the Government, told a press conference that Taipei’s city council had decided to take up the project in September.
“The road is being built at the moment and is being constructed with high quality materials,” he told reporters.
“It is planned to become one of China’s most advanced roads, and it will be fully operational in 2020,” he went on to say.
“We hope to have the first traffic light in 20 years in Taipei.”
The project was announced in a letter to the city’s mayor by the State Council of the People’s Republic of China, which oversees the city of 100 million.
“In the near future, a high-speed train line will link Taipei with Dandongs capital of Nanjing and Nanjing to Nanjing,” it said.
“As soon as the rail line reaches its destination, the city will become a hub of high-tech manufacturing and the future of the country’s economy.”
Taipei City’s mayor is confident that the project will help the city develop into a major financial centre.
“If we want to become a global financial centre, we have to have infrastructure,” Mr Wu said.
“In the past few years, we’ve invested a lot in roads, but we have a lot to achieve.”
The city’s road will connect the city to the nearby city of Da Nang, which currently has only one expressway.
The Taipei and Da Nong expressways were built in the 1950s and 1960s, respectively, and were intended to allow Taipei residents to commute between the two cities.
Taipei has seen an exponential increase in traffic in recent years, with the number of cars and motorcycles on the roads up by more than 20 per cent in the last two years.
The city currently has about a million residents, with most living in the capital and in the outer suburbs of the city.