First swing bridge in Taiwan inaugurated in Kaohsiung

高雄大港橋|Dagang Bridge(CNA)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Dagang Bridge (大港橋), Taiwan’s first rotating swing bridge was inaugurated on Monday. The bridge connects Kaohsiung’s Pier-2 Art Center (駁二藝術特區) with the Peng-lai Commercial Harbor area (蓬萊商港區). 

The inauguration ceremony was presided by acting Kaohsiung mayor Yang Ming-jou (楊明州) and Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Chia-lung (林佳龍).

Dagang Bridge is 110 meters in length and varies between five to 11 meters in width.

The bridge can carry a maximum of 550 pedestrians and cyclists at a time. By crossing the bridge, the walking time between the Peng-lai Commercial Harbor area and Pier-2 Art Center is shortened by 30 minutes. 

高雄大港橋|Dagang Bridge(Courtesy of Facebook/臺灣港務股份有限公司高雄港務分公司)

The Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) invested a total of NT$320 million (US$10.67 million) to construct the Dagang Bridge.

According to TIPC Chairman Lee Hsien-yi (李賢義), the bridge is not only the first swing bridge in Taiwan but also the longest swing bridge in Asia.

As a result of its extensive view and convenience, the bridge is expected to become a popular tourist attraction.