The news are going bananas on this one, shouting gloom and doom -some bad fengshui thing. And talking about wind, they do this “reenactment” with a 7-11 plastic bag to show teh impact of “wind that is 3 times stronger than in other highways”.
Some extra info for those not having the full insight:
Everyone can take the overpass which consists of 2 x 3 lanes each direction.
There is a “HOV” line for taxis , buses and other vehicles carrying more or equal to 3 pax ( meaningless as the highway is rather empty, on top - busses on a left lane , passing on the right is odd.
Yes, it can be very windy up there. Coming back yesterday night from the airport , I could not drive single handed. For sure they should close it when typhoons are nearby.
The best thing is that it creates very noticeable smoother traffic towards Taipei in the morning as towards Linkou in the evening.
Oh, if you drive all the way to Taipei - exit Huanhe Road, only ETC is accepted. No toll booths.
Imagine what would happen if a typhoon swept through while an earthquake occurred, set off by Chinese missiles impacting near the airport. Anyone driving on that elevated death trap would regret the improved traffic flow then!
Well it will certainly solve traffic problems in some areas but contribute to increased congestion in other areas, while creating more pollution. It’s a 20th century solution in the 21st century. It really makes NO sense to talk about carpooling on a new three lane highway that was built to handle more cars.