Heavy traffic on Taiwan freeways expected through Monday evening

03/01/2021 01:54 PM
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Taipei, March 1 (CNA) Traffic is likely to be congested on most of Taiwan's freeways on Monday, the last day of the 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday, according to the National Freeway Bureau.

The heaviest traffic is expected on the sections between Hsinchu and Jhubei on Freeway No. 1, Guanxi-Daxi on Freeway No. 3, and Jiuzheng-Wufeng on Freeway No. 6.

The northbound traffic between Toucheng and Pinglin on Freeway No. 5, which links Nangang in Taipei and Su'ao in Yilan County, had already slowed to 40 km per hour as of 8 a.m., and it was expected remain congested until 8 p.m., the bureau said.

Meanwhile, traffic is likely to be heavy on other major freeways throughout the country until 9 p.m. Monday, the bureau said.

As part of the bureau's traffic control measures, the Puyan Interchange on Freeway No. 1 will be closed to motorist for the entire day, while vehicles carrying fewer than three people, including the driver, will not be allowed to enter the freeway's northbound lanes from the Su'ao to Toucheng onramps between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The bureau said it expects to record 114 million vehicle-kilometers on the nation's freeways on Monday, when the 3-day 228 Peace Memorial Day holiday ends.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Ko Lin)

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