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ⓘ Central Cross-Island Highway. The highway begins in the west at Dongshi District in Taichung. The highway used to go up into the Central Mountain Range along th ..




Central Cross-Island Highway
                                     

ⓘ Central Cross-Island Highway

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 大甲溪 valley through the townships of Guguan 谷關 and Cingshan 青山. At Lishan there is a branch that heads north to Yilan City. It goes through the mountains to 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 goes down into Taroko National Park. It passes through Guanyuan 關原, Cih-en 慈恩, Luoshao 洛韶 and Tiansiang 天祥 before entering Taroko Gorge. After the gorge the road then meets the eastern coastal Suao-Hualien Highway.

                                     

1. 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.