Traf­fic spikes on free­ways as Tomb Sweep­ing Fes­ti­val be­gins

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Heavy hol­i­day traf­fic on the na­tion’s free­ways was seen Fri­day, the first day of the four-day Tomb Sweep­ing Fes­ti­val, with the coun­try’s two north-south ar­ter­ies the most af­fected.

As many as 190,000 ve­hi­cles trav­eled on Tai­wan’s free­ways be­tween mid­night and 5 a. m. when tolls were suspended, rep­re­sent­ing 2.1 times the regular traf­fic vol­ume each day, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Free­way Bureau.

The traf­fic snarls caused by the long week­end in­ten­si­fied around noon on south­bound lanes of Free­way No. 1 and Free­way No. 3, the Na­tional Free­way Bureau said.

Sev­eral south­bound sec­tions of the two high­ways, in­clud­ing those be­tween Yang­mei and Hukou on Free­way No. 1 and Yingge and Daxi on Free­way No. 3, saw cars creep­ing along at 20 kilo­me­ters per hour.

Traf­fic is ex­pected to be very heavy Fri­day evening on south­bound lanes on Free­way No. 1 near Taichung in cen­tral Tai­wan and on north­bound lanes on Free­way No. 3 near Taipei, bureau of­fi­cials said.

In ad­di­tion, those trav­el­ing south be­tween Pinglin and Toucheng on Free­way No. 5, which con­nects the Taipei metropoli­tan area and Yi­lan County in eastern Tai­wan, should also be pre­pared for heavy traf­fic.


(Left) Heavy traf­fic is seen on a high­way stretch lead­ing out of Taipei yes­ter­day morn­ing at the be­gin­ning of the long week­end. (Right) The Taipei Rail­way Sta­tion is crowded with pas­sen­gers wait­ing to catch a train back home for Tomb Sweep­ing Day.


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