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Su'ao-Hualian Road Closures

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Su'ao-Hualian Road Closures

Postby dulan drift » 29 Oct 2011, 09:01

For anyone thinking of driving down south fron Taipei (or going north to Taipei - though can't think why you would want to do that) this weekend along the east coast - forget it. The Su Hwa highway (no. 9) is closed (for at least a week) due to part of the road collapsing and falling down into the sea way below. Luckily, as far as I am aware, no one was injured. The collapse occured at the 115.8 km mark, which is between Su-Ao and Dong Ao and quite close to where the two buses went off the cliff last year during torrential rainfall from a passing typhoon. In this case though, it wasn't even raining, certainly not heavily, which is a bit disturbing. I do wonder if it was in fact a repaired section from that event last year that gave out.
There is a government website on road closures for Taiwan, but there is no mention of this particular road (the only road between Taipei and Hualian) being closed. Perhaps someone knows of a different site with more complete information in English - it would be handy to know as i use this road often.
Although I am a bit ambivalent about plans for a freeway being built directly to Hualian, I do wonder about the viability of the road as it is. It's basically a deathtrap during heavy rain and pretty dangerous at the best of times with its combination of slow climbing heavily loaded trucks, tourist bus convoys, and then people trying to overtake these vehicles on a winding cliff road with no overtaking lanes.
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby Dr Spock » 29 Oct 2011, 10:14

Thanks for the information. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby Chris » 29 Oct 2011, 11:27

dulan drift wrote:For anyone thinking of driving down south fron Taipei (or going north to Taipei - though can't think why you would want to do that) this weekend along the east coast - forget it. The Su Hwa highway (no. 9) is closed (for at least a week) due to part of the road collapsing and falling down into the sea way below. Luckily, as far as I am aware, no one was injured. The collapse occured at the 115.8 km mark, which is between Su-Ao and Dong Ao and quite close to where the two buses went off the cliff last year during torrential rainfall from a passing typhoon.

That's right by the little temple. Yeah, it's a very unstable part of the highway. Lots of shoring-up work needs to be done there.
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby Mucha Man » 29 Oct 2011, 12:58

I think a lot of these areas are going to be bypassed with tunnels. They'll probably leave the dangerous sections open for cyclists. :lol:
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby dulan drift » 01 Nov 2011, 13:59

Muzha Man wrote:I think a lot of these areas are going to be bypassed with tunnels. They'll probably leave the dangerous sections open for cyclists. :lol:


So is the free way going ahead or is the plan just to improve the road with a few tunnels? Like I said, I have mixed feelings. On one hand, the road as it is is pretty dangerous for what is basically a major arterial road - on the other, it does present a natural barrier to the hordes, though that is really just a selfish argument, i suppose. I have heard that there is opposition from environmentalist to the construction of a tunnel style freeway, though I don't know what their concerns are exactly - I would have thought a tunnel would have a minimum impact on the environment - or is the concern about the pressure that would be put on the environment down south once there is easy access to it?
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby Nuit » 01 Nov 2011, 14:22

Long thread on the Suhua Highway here, might answer some of those q's.

http://forumosa.com/taiwan/viewtopic.php?f=55&t=93061&hilit=suhua
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby dulan drift » 01 Nov 2011, 19:24

Believe the road is open again, though with delays.
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Opening hours for Su Hwa Rd (Su-Ao to Hualian)

Postby dulan drift » 03 Dec 2011, 20:58

The situation on the Su Hwa right now is that it is only open to traffic during certain 2 hour periods as follows:
5.30am-7.30am
11am-1pm
5.30pm-7.30pm

STOP PRESS: Road is now open again 24/7

Info: 039 982 161
(if you call this number the guy now yells before you can even say anything, "Don't Ask! It's open!')
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby dulan drift » 11 Jan 2012, 10:52

Was driving back from Taipei on Sunday night, Jan 8, 2012, but when i got to Su Ao i discovered that the road was closed again due to a serious landslide around the 116km mark (site of one of the major repairs) that had happened that day (around 12 noon). We were eventually allowed to go through around midnight, though i heard it was closed again after that.

You would be well advised to check the tel no above before heading off.
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Re: Road from Su-Ao to Hualian Closed

Postby Belgian Pie » 11 Jan 2012, 20:01

Just pack lunch, diner, breakfast and a sleeping bag, water ... and pray it's not closed when driving down south along the east coast ... :D
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