With its perfect scenery, the Taroko Gorge attracted about 4.82 million visitors in 2019. The fourth-generation “Mountain-Moon Bridge” is a suspension bridge with the largest span/depth ratio in Taiwan. As it is located in a rifted valley, the steep slope and valley wind make the construction extremely difficult. After 33 months or so, the construction team has eventually overcome the rifted valley’s vertical limit to finish the suspension bridge with an accessible landscape trail. The project winning the “19th Public Construction Golden Quality Award” will be opened for service in the second half of 2020, citizens are all welcome to try the vertical limit.
Jumping through hoops, workers make the gorge’s beauty all in sight.
According to the Ministry of the Interiors (MOI), the Taroko Mountain-Moon Bridge was first built in Japanese colonial Taiwan as the longest iron wire bridge spanning the Taroko Gorge. It was demolished when the foundation was damaged by the construction of the “gold production road”. Although there were attempts for reconstruction, none has ever been completed.
To disperse visitors in the spacious Buluowan Recreation Area with rick resources, the Taroko National Park Administration has persevered in its attempt to rebuild the bridge by outsourcing the planning and design of the suspension bridge in December 2014. First, the contractor must confirm that the bridge towers and anchoring foundations sit on a stable rock layer. In addition, to overcome the rifted valley wind and ensure that the whole bridge’s vibration is steady and will not be uncomfortable for people to walk on, the contractor has adopted the elevated boardwalk design to reduce environmental and ecological disturbances.
The elevated boardwalk design is adopted to reduce environmental and ecological disturbances.
The Taroko Mountain-Moon Bridge spans the Liwu River. Therefore, the contractor has adopted a full-scale humanized accessible design in response to the Buluowan tableland to equip the bridge with a trail for visitors to enjoy a family tour of the magnificent and splendid gorge. Initiated on August 11, 2016, the project was completed on May 13, 2019. Currently, the Taroko National Park Administration is linking nearby scenic spots, providing education for visitor control, and engaging in the bridge’s accessible facilities to prepare for the bridge’s grand opening scheduled in the second half of the year.
The Taroko Mountain-Moon Bridge links the Buluowan Recreation Area to disperse visitors for a safe tour.
According to the MOI, in addition to the Public Construction Golden Quality Award, the bridge won the “2018 Golden Safety Award” from the Ministry of Labor, make it a landmark of national infrastructure construction.
Design and quality of MOI projects witnessed by endless awards
According to the MOI, by the time of participation in the 19th Golden Quality Award, the Construction and Planning Agency has won numerous awards with MOI projects. In terms of projects, four projects won the “distinction” award, 22 projects won the “excellence” award, and 13 projects won the honorable mention. In terms of individuals, two staff won the “distinction” award, ten won the “excellence” award, and 12 were either the finalists or rated grade A. Whether it is construction quality, project management, schedule control, or construction safety, all have reached an award-winning standard. In the future, the Construction and Planning Agency under MOI will continue to combine energy conservation, carbon reduction, environmental protection, and technology innovation in infrastructure projects to benchmark the construction industry.