Central Cross-Island Highway

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Central Cross-Island Highway (in red and blue). The blue parts are permanently closed because of earthquake and typhoon damage.

The Central Cross-Island Highway (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) or Provincial Highway No.8 is one of three highway systems that connect the east and west coasts of Taiwan.

Construction

Construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway began on July 7, 1956 and it first opened to traffic on May 9, 1960.

Route

The highway begins in the west at Dongshi District in Taichung. The highway used to go up into the Central Mountain Range along the Dajia River (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) valley through the townships of Guguan (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) and Cingshan (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.). At Lishan there is a branch that heads north to Yilan City. It goes through the mountains to Dayuling (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) which is the highest point of the route. Here another branch of the highway runs south from Dayuling to Wushe (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.). Continuing east from Dayuling, the highway goes down into Taroko National Park. It passes through Guanyuan (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.), Cih-en (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.), Luoshao (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) and Tiansiang (Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'Module:Language/data/iana scripts' not found.) before entering Taroko Gorge. After the gorge the road then meets the eastern coastal Su'ao-Hualien Highway.

Closing the damaged highway

The highway goes through mountains. Rocks often fall and there can be landslides. Heavy rain from typhoons often push soil and rocks onto the highway so people cannot drive through parts of it. Earthquakes also damage the highway. On September 21, 1999 the Jiji earthquake caused a lot of damage to the highway and cut it in many places between Dongshih and Lishan.

There was so much damage in 1999 that repairing it would cost a lot of money. The damaged parts of the highway were supposed to re-open in 2004. However, heavy rain from the Typhoon Mindulle added more damage to the highway. These parts were closed. The highway is still closed between Lishan and Guguan. There is no plan to repair it, but the New Central Cross-Island Highway is another way across the island.

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