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Central Cross-Island Highway

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Central Cross-Island Highway in red and blue The route colored blue is permanently closed due to earthquake and typhoon damage

The Central Cross-Island Highway Chinese: 中部橫貫公路 or Provincial Highway 8 is one of three highway systems that connect the west coast with the east of Taiwan


  • 1 Construction
  • 2 Route
  • 3 Highway damage and closure
  • 4 Gallery
  • 5 References
  • 6 See also
  • 7 External links


The construction of the Central Cross-Island Highway began on July 7, 1956 and was first opened to traffic on May 9, 1960


The route of the highway begins in the west at Dongshi District in Taichung The highway originally continued up into the Central Mountain Range following the Dajia River valley through the townships of Guguan 谷關 and Cingshan 青山 However, the section between Guguan and Lishan is permanently closed to non-residents due to earthquake and typhoon damage At Lishan there is a branch that heads north to Yilan City Passing through the mountains it reaches Dayuling 大禹嶺 which is the highest point of the route Here another branch of the highway runs south from Dayuling to Wushe 霧社 Continuing east from Dayuling the highway route now begins its descent into the Taroko National Park It passes through Guanyuan 關原, Cih-en 慈恩, Luoshao 洛韶 and Tianhsiang zh before entering Taroko Gorge After the gorge the route then connects up with the eastern coastal Su'ao-Hualien Highway

Highway damage and closureedit

The highway route runs through exceedingly rugged and unstable terrain Heavy rain from typhoons often dislodge soil and rocks onto the highway making sections of it impassable As well, the area is prone to seismic activity which can have disastrous effects on the highway On September 21, 1999 the Jiji earthquake caused massive damage to the highway and cut the highway in multiple places between Guguan and Lishan

Following the unprecedented damage to the highway in 1999, there was strong debate on the feasibility and desirability of maintaining and repairing the highway Extensive and costly repairs proceeded, and earthquake-damaged sections of the highway were due to be re-opened in 2004 However, torrential rains from Typhoon Mindulle caused further damage to the highway, forcing the affected section between Guguan and Lishan to be closed to non-residents indefinitely1 While Provincial Highway 8 no longer provides a continuous route across the island, travelers from the west can use Provincial Highway 14 and Provincial Highway 14A to connect with Provincial Highway 8 in the east



  1. ^ Shan, Shelley March 9, 2012 "Central Cross-Island Highway travel hours to increase" Taipei Times Retrieved April 8, 2017 

See alsoedit

  • Highway System in Taiwan

External linksedit

  • Search Taipei Times newspaper archives for references to the highway

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