Heavy freeway traffic expected through Sunday evening: bureau

Taipei,  Heavy traffic is forecast on the nation’s freeways as the Double Ten National Day holiday weekend comes to an end Sunday, the National Freeway Bureau said that day.

The freeways are likely to record 113 million vehicle-kilometers throughout the day, compared with 87 million on a typical weekday, the bureau said, adding that the heaviest congestion can be expected between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Northbound traffic on some sections of Freeway No. 5, which links Nangang in Taipei and Su’ao in Yilan County, could be the worst, it said.

Motorists may have to travel as slow as 20 km per hour between the Pinglin and Yilan onramps, according to the bureau.

For better traffic control, vehicles carrying fewer than three people including the driver will not be allowed to enter the freeway’s northbound lanes from the Su’ao, Luodong, Yilan and Toucheng onramps between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m., it said.

There might also be traffic spikes on freeways No. 1 and No. 3 around Taoyuan, Hsinchu, Taichung, Changhua and Nantou, the bureau added.

Motorists are recommended to instead use Provincial Highway No. 61 rather than freeways No. 1 and No. 3 if applicable, as well as Provincial Highway No. 25 instead of Freeway No. 5, to avoid traffic jams, the bureau said.


Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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