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Inspection of Dayuan Coastal Bikeway Crash Barriers Improvement Works Deputy Mayor Kao: Xucuogang Cycling Scenic Bridge Project initiated this April

When cycling today (22nd) along the Dayuan Coastal Bikeway to inspect the crash barrier improvement works at the Jhentou Section, Deputy Mayor An-Pang Kao of Taoyuan City remarked that the previously rusty and damaged metal crash barriers along the 2km long section between the Puxin River and the Xinjei River estuary have been replaced with eco-friendly crash barriers made of wood plastic composites to provide citizens with a safer cycling environment and walking space. Besides continuously improving the bikeway’s signs and surface quality, the Taoyuan City Government (TYCG) will optimize the Neihai Section of the bikeway this year. In addition, the cycling bikeway scenic bridge project of about 200m long at the Laojie River estuary will be started this April and completed at the end of next year. In that time, the bikeway will smoothly link Taoyuan’s two ecological highlights: Xucuogang Wetlands and Caota Sand Dunes Geological Park. This is a significant milestone of the Dayuan Coastal Bikeway Network and visitors are welcome to experience the beauty of Taoyuan’s coastal ecosystem in the lifestyles of health and sustainability (LOHAS). 

According to Deputy Mayor Kao, the TYCG has spared no efforts in improving the service quality of the coastal bikeway in recent years. Besides investing NT$15 million in repairing two bridges: Puxin Bridge and Xinjie Bridge in Dayuan along the bikeway in 2019, the TYCG added a budget of NT$1 million in 2020 to replace all the rusty and damaged metal crash barriers of about 2km long at the Jhentou Section with crash barriers made of wood plastic composites. In addition to bringing a new look to and enhancing the durability and prolonging the life of crash barriers, these new eco-friendly crash barriers will reduce the maintenance and repair costs significantly. In 2021, the TYCG will invest another NT$8 million to optimize the Neihai Section of about 0.5km long in Dayuan of the bikeway to continuously improve the signs and surface quality of bikeway. In response to the complaints about the serious shortages of public toilets at the Xucuogang Wetland to resolve visitors’ personal needs, Deputy Mayor Kao also announced that the completion of five 5-star public toilets with coastal views will be prioritized next to the bird-watching kiosk. In addition to the well-lighted, specious indoor spatial and odorless design, these toilets will be big enough to accommodate bicycles to significantly enhance the convenience and comfort of toilet use for visitors at the Xucuogang Wetlands.

Deputy Mayor Kao emphasized that Caota Sand Dunes were designated as Taiwan’s first geological park for coastal sand dune protection last June. To smoothly link Taoyuan’s two ecological highlights: Xucuogang Wetlands and Caota Sand Dunes Geological Park, the TYCY will build a cycling scenic bridge to span the Laojie River estuary this year with a total budget of about NT$88 million. Project initiation and completion are expected this April and at the end of next year, respectively. At that time, visitors visiting the Xucuogang Wetlands will not need to transit over the lane along Provincial Highway No. 61 and can directly access the Caota Sand Dunes Geological Park via this cycling bridge. Besides shortening the travel and lowering the cycling risk, cyclists can also enjoy the natural gorgeous scenery along the Laojie River estuary. Furthermore, besides building an environmental education platform and bird-watching kiosk on the bridge unit to integrate ecotourism and environmental education, a high-safety and low-maintenance design will be adopted, including the use of type V (sulphate resistant) cement on the RC arch bridge, addition of the concrete protection layer and steel bar galvanization, and reduction of metal parts to prolong the life and reduce the future maintenance cost of the bridge.

According to the Office of Coast Administration Construction, with compound geographical features including the tidal range, swamp, sandbank, pond and paddy fields, the Xucuogang Wetlands is an important habitat for migratory birds in northern Taiwan. After taking over its management on commission by the Construction and Planning Agency in 2016, the office started Taiwan’s largest bird-oriented wetlands restoration project with a budget of NT$40 million. Through ceaseless efforts of nearly two years, the office has recovered illegally occupied fish farms for two to three decades, adopted excavation-backfilling balancing and control of earthworks to achieve the natural seawater tidal effect, and enhance water conservation capacity through soil crystallization. As a result, about 22 hectares of new wetlands have been yielded, the local ecosystem and environment have been ameliorated and waterbirds began to return to the Xucuogang Wetlands for foraging and brooding. After project completion in January 2020, up to 1,402 winter migratory birds were observed in the area, five times that of 2019. These birds included the citrine wagtail (Motacilla citreola), the 231st recorded species and the black-faced spoonbill (Platalea minor) and Swinhoe’s egret (Egretta eulophotes) that have been absent from the scene for ages. Senior bird fans were amazed to see this spectacular view not found over the last 15 years and praised Xucuogang as the paradise of waterbirds.

Others accompanying Deputy Mayor Kao in the inspection included Director Hsin-Chang Chien of the local service office of Legislator Shih-Chieh Huang, councilors Xu Qi-Wan and Wu-He You, Deputy Director General Cheng-Hsiang Chen of the Department of Environmental Protection, Director-General Li-Chang Lin of the Office of Coast Administration Construction, Chief Yu-Tsai Lin of Dayuan Village Chiefs’ Association, Chief Jung-Teng Chuo of Jhentou Villaghe, Cheng-Jui Hsu of Neihai Village, Chairperson Hsien-Shan Chiu of the Harbor Protection Association of Houcuogang Fingerling Team, Chariperson Ming-Te Chang of the Dayuan International Shopping Area Development Association. They all expressed support and recognition of the TYCG’s efforts in Xucuogang Wetlands planning.

 

Inspection of Dayuan Coastal Bikeway Crash Barriers Improvement Works Deputy Mayor Kao: Xucuogang Cycling Scenic Bridge Project initiated this April

 

Inspection of Dayuan Coastal Bikeway Crash Barriers Improvement Works Deputy Mayor Kao: Xucuogang Cycling Scenic Bridge Project initiated this April

   

Inspection of Dayuan Coastal Bikeway Crash Barriers Improvement Works Deputy Mayor Kao: Xucuogang Cycling Scenic Bridge Project initiated this April