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Traffic spikes seen on freeways as holiday begins to wrap up

Traffic spikes seen on freeways as holiday begins to wrap up

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) Heavy holiday traffic on the nation's freeways was seen Saturday, with northbound lanes of Freeway No. 5 between Yilan and Taipei hit especially hard. The traffic snarls caused by the long weekend for New Year's intensified at around 2 p.m. as lone motorists and those in vehicles with just one passenger tried to squeeze in before high occupancy restrictions went into effect, leading to crawling traffic near the Hsuehshan Tunnel, the National Freeway Bureau said. Traffic controls that allow only vehicles with three or more occupants to enter the 54.3-kilometer freeway were imposed on northbound lanes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at onramps in Su'ao, Luodong, Yilan City and Toucheng in Yilan County. Heavy traffic was seen as well at the onramps due to congestion on city streets, the bureau said. To avoid the jams, police advised motorists to take the longer, less direct alternative routes of provincial highways No. 2 and No. 9. (By Worthy Shen and Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-18 12:06 GMT+08:00