New ore routes to end jams on Suhua highway


TAIPEI–The Hualien Harbor Bureau said yesterday that it will work with the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) to find alternative means of transporting iron ore between northern and southern Taiwan to reduce the volume of heavy trucks on the accident-prone Suhua highway.

A new measure to designate an area of 41,000 square meters for the storage of ore shipped from northern Taiwan via the TRA’s Hualien Port Line will make it easier to ferry the material to southern Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Port for the use of China Steel Corporation, the nation’s biggest steelmaker.

At present, Hualien Port lacks sufficient space or satisfactory connections with rail services and the Hualien Port Line is currently used to transport cement only.

The new measure, part of the Suhua Highway Improvement Project, will keep about 50,000 trucks off the highway, some sections of which are built on geologically unstable land, the bureau said.