Congestion expected on freeways as holiday concludes

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Taipei, Oct. 10 (CNA) Traffic spikes are forecast for the nation's freeways starting Tuesday afternoon as the four-day National Day holiday nears an end, according to the National Freeway Bureau.

Traffic volume for Tuesday could reach 99 million vehicle kilometers -- a traffic condition indicator that refers to the total kilometers traveled by all vehicles -- which is around 16 percent higher than usual, the bureau said.

As of 2:30 p.m., the National Freeway Bureau's real-time traffic system showed generally smooth traffic conditions on the No. 1 and No. 3 freeways, but average speeds on the northbound lanes of the No. 5 freeway from Yilan City to Pinglin were down to about 30 kilometers per hour.

The bureau said congestion is most likely to be seen on the northbound lanes of Freeway No. 1 between Yunlin and Puyan (243.8 km-207.7 km), and from Hsinchu to Hukou (99 km-83km).

On Freeway No. 3, traffic jams are expected on northbound lanes between Zhushan and Nantou (243.6 km-228 km), Zhunan and Xibin (119.3 km-115.2km), and Longtan and Yingge (68.4 km-54.6 km).

Freeway No. 5, which always sees heavy traffic during holiday periods, saw an increasing number of cars starting Tuesday morning, and the situation was expected to intensify in the afternoon, especially for motorists heading north between Toucheng and Pinglin (29.7 km-14.7 km).

Travel time for that 15-kilometer distance, most of which goes through the Hsuehshan Tunnel, could reach 90 minutes, about 75 minutes slower than usual, the bureau said.

The bureau cautioned that only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed to enter Freeway No. 5's northbound lanes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Su'ao, Luodong, Yilan City and Toucheng entrances in Yilan County.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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