Traf­fic con­trols set for Tomb Sweep­ing Fes­ti­val

The China Post - - LOCAL -

A se­ries of traf­fic con­trol mea­sures will be im­ple­mented on all free­ways through­out Tai­wan dur­ing the Tomb Sweep­ing Fes­ti­val from April 3-6 (Fri­day to Mon­day) to help pre­vent con­ges­tion, the Na­tional Free­way Bureau said on Thurs­day.

It said the mea­sures will in­clude a sus­pen­sion of tolls from mid­night to 5 a.m. dur­ing the four days to en­cour­age mo­torists to use the roads in off-peak hours.

On some sec­tions of Free­way No. 5, only ve­hi­cles car­ry­ing three or more peo­ple will be al­lowed, the bureau said.

It said that from 7 a.m. to noon on April 3 and 4, only high oc­cu­pancy ve­hi­cles will be al­lowed to en­ter the south­bound lanes from the Nan­gang slip road in Taipei and the Shid­ing and Pinglin slip roads in New Taipei.

The same rules will ap­ply to the north­bound lanes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 5 and 6 at the slip roads in Suao, Luodong, Yi­lan City and Toucheng in Yi­lan County, the bureau said.

Dur­ing the four-day hol­i­day, the stan­dard toll rate will be re­duced 25 per­cent to NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilo­me­ter, the bureau.

Mo­torists trav­el­ing be­tween the Hs­inchu and Yan­chao in­ter­changes on Na­tional Free­way No. 3 will re­ceive an ad­di­tional 20-per­cent dis­count on tolls, it said.

How­ever, the stan­dard first 20km toll-free travel on all free­ways will be suspended dur­ing the hol­i­day pe­riod, the bureau said.

It said it is ex­pect­ing as many as 2.8 mil­lion mo­torists per day on the coun­try free­ways over the next four days.

The bureau said mo­torists can ac­cess real-time traf­fic in­for­ma­tion on the web­site http://1968.free­way. gov.tw/?lang=en or via a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion that is down­load­able at http://1968.free­way.gov.tw/app.

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