Civic Blvd Expressway

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Taipei's elevated Civic Boulevard Expressway

The Civic Blvd. Expressway (also called 5th Blvd.市民大道) is a 4 to 6-lane highway located in Taipei, Taiwan. It was completed in 1997 as part of a multi-modal reconstruction project to improve transportation networks in congested central Taipei. The highway begins at the MacArthur Bridges in the east(connecting the Neihu district, and Keelung Road (in the Xinyi and Songshan districts), heads west to an interchange with the Zhongxiao Bridge and the Huanan Expressway, providing direct access to Taipei Main Station, which is just south of the Civic Blvd. Expressway in the Zhongzheng district. Since Civic Blvd. is elevated, there is also a surface-level frontage road system below the highway, connecting intersecting arterials with highway ramps. As part of the larger project, the elevated Civic Blvd. Expressway was constructed to provide a new, east-west highway through Taipei, moving the Taipei Railway Administration's railroad tracks underground to reduce congestion at surface railroad crossings, and providing new underground parking options. Other additions to this project constructed new underground shopping malls in the vicinity of Taipei Main Station and provisions for utilities. In the future, tracks for the Taiwan High Speed Rail system will be added under existing tracks for the THSR's extension to Nangang in 2012.

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