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Partial traffic control to be imposed in Presidential Office area
Central News Agency
2014-03-10 11:21 PM
Taipei, March 10 (CNA) The Presidential Office reached consensus with relevant authorities Monday on a plan to impose late-night traffic control on a section of the boulevard facing the office. Under the security measure, part of the 460-meter Ketagalan Boulevard stretching from Huaining Street to Chongqing South Road will be closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. It's the proposal of the Taipei City government, the city's spokesman Chang Chi-chiang said. The city government thanked the Presidential Office for accepting its proposal, Chang said. Under the city government's plan, two rows of fixed rising bollards will be installed on Chongqing South Road and Huaining Street to prevent vehicles from ramming into the Presidential Office. Details of the traffic control plan, including the number of road lanes to be closed during late-night hours and the date to implement the measure, will be discussed with the Presidential Office, Chang said. The Presidential Office has looked for ways to step up security since a driver rammed his gravel truck into the building on Jan 25. The president was on an overseas visit at the time. In the incident, truck driver Chang Te-cheng ran his 35-ton vehicle past barriers and up the front steps of the Presidential Office but was stopped when a guard deployed a bulletproof gate. Chang was indicted March 6 for attempted murder and four other less serious charges, including causing damage to a historic building. Before the attack, he had posted writings on the Internet to complain about Taiwan's judiciary system and hint at taking actions against government leaders or facilities. (By Yuris Ku and Elizabeth Hsu)
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