Freeway traffic expected to hike on Mid-Autumn holiday
CNATAIPEI -- Holiday travelers should brace themselves for serious traffic congestion Sept. 19-22, as up to 2.4 million motorists are expected to take to the nation's freeways during the Mid Autumn Festival long weekend, traffic authorities said yesterday.
September 17, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
The Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau said that freeway traffic will likely peak on Sept. 19, when 2.2 to 2.4 million vehicles will create 20-30 percent more traffic than on a typical weekend.
Congestion is expected to ease up over the following days, when the number of cars could drop to 2 million per day, the bureau said.
Freeways will operate toll-free between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. Sept. 18-22 to encourage motorists to travel at off-hours, it said.
Traffic controls will be imposed on sections of the No. 5 Freeway, which travels between Taipei and Yilan on the northeast coast, to allow only vehicles with three or more people during peak hours — 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 21-22.
No restrictions will be imposed on either the north-south No. 1 and No. 3 Freeways.
Drivers are advised to visit http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/ for color-coded maps with up-to-the-minute traffic conditions, officials said.
The Central Weather Bureau has also cautioned of rain and temperature drops across Taiwan starting from Sept. 18 and running through the weekend.