South Link Highway 9

News is reporting opening of section of road South link highway 9 that has taken 15 years to prepare.

I think they are talking about this section. There is a road already but this will shorten the trip. Bikes will probably want/be required to use the old road and will be safer now with less big trucks.

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Yes, it’s that section.


Hallelujah. I’ve done that road twice on 環島.
will be somewhat safer now.

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Dont quote me but i think locals have been using it for a little bit already if they live up there. had some logging up there and the trucks were using it as well. noticed signs are going up on the west end at the tunnel now too. wont be long!


Isn’t that an illegally modified jeep he’s riding in?! If travelling alone I’ll probably still take the old road, a fantastic drive in the right vehicle!

Just don’t drive it too fast. I’d heard there was some kind of “speed check” between the beginning and end of the old road. They time you from when you start a certain section, and if you drive that section too fast you get a ticket.

Not sure when this measure takes effect.

It is certainly open now. Drove it a couple days ago. A lot fewer accidents and deaths for sure now due to idiots on the old road before. Car sickness is a non issue. Inalready started seeing a crap ton more tourists frpm kaohsiung in taidong :frowning: i hope i am wrong, bit will probably start changing the dynamic of taidong culture in many areas. But not like in yilan or hualien.

That’s interesting. In addition to this new section they are also improving the road all along the coast so will be much more convenient to travel between those two areas.

Businesses and hotels might be happy for the added customers.

Is this the route that goes through the tunnel at Yakou?

So can you now scooter the whole southern Cross highway now again (taking the old road of course) or is it still officially closed ?
Did someone already scooter recently ?

one has always been able to scooter, bike, etc. over blue route 9 (Southern Cross).
You may be thinking of blue route 20 that goes to Chishang from the west. That’s still officially closed.