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Traffic on multiple freeway sections congested before end of holiday

Traffic on multiple freeway sections congested before end of holiday

Taipei, June 21 (CNA)
Traffic on several sections of three national freeways in Taiwan was heavily congested on Sunday,the last of the three-day Dragon Boat Festival holiday,before easing up after 8 p.m.,National Freeway Bureau officials said. Northbound traffic on the No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 national freeways began slowing down at around noontime,the officials said, and several accidents occurred in the afternoon when much of Taiwan was pummeled by heavy downpours. Heavy car flows and the accidents caused traffic jam on many sections of the freeways, the officials said.
The jammed sections included the Taipei-Wuku southbound lanes,the Xiluo-Puyan northbound lanes, the Taichung-Fengyuan section, the Touwu-Hsinchu section, and the Hsinchu-Hukou section in National Freeway No. 1, according to the bureau. Traffic congestion was also reported from the northbound Gukeng system-Zhushan section of National Freeway No. 3, and the freeway's Cingshuei Service Area-Dajia, Yuanli-Tongxiao, Guanxi Service Area-Tucheng sections.
National Freeway Bureau statistics showed that the number of vehicles running on freeways around the island reached 2.26 million on Saturday, representing 1.2 times the annual average. The figure was expected to surge to 2.6 million Sunday, the bureau said. Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional and statutory holiday occurring on the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar. This year, it fell on June 20. (By Chen Wei-ting and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 11:51 GMT+08:00