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Freeway controls to cope with Double Ten holiday traffic spikes

Freeway controls to cope with Double Ten holiday traffic spikes

Taipei, Oct. 8 (CNA) Traffic controls will be implemented on the nation's freeways to cope with anticipated spikes before and during the Oct. 9-11 Double Ten holiday weekend, the National Freeway Bureau said Thursday. Tolls will be suspended between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. every day Oct. 8-11, the bureau said, adding that it is expecting 2.5 million-2.7 million motorists per day on the freeways during the holiday period. Traffic on Freeway No.5, which connects the Taipei metropolitan area and Yilan County in eastern Taiwan, could see the heaviest congestion, with end-to-end travel time expected to top one hour, the bureau said. The trip normally takes about 45 minutes during non-rush hour. During the toll periods, a single rate of NT$0.9 (US$0.03) per kilometer will be charged over the four-day period, which represents a 25 percent discount on the standard rate. Motorists traveling between the Hsinchu (??) and Yanchao (??) interchanges on National Freeway No. 3 will receive an additional 20 percent off. However, the standard toll-free first 20km of travel on all freeways will be suspended during the holiday, the bureau said. Between 7 a.m. and noon Oct. 9-10, only vehicles with three or more occupants will be allowed to enter Freeway No. 5's southbound lanes from the Nangang (??) onramp in Taipei and the Shiding (??) and Pinglin (??) onramps in New Taipei. The same rules will be applied for the freeway's northbound lanes from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 10-11 on the northbound onramps in Su'ao (??), Luodong (??), Yilan City (??) and Toucheng (??) in Yilan County, the bureau said. The bureau said it could also open the northbound shoulder on Freeway No. 5 between the Yilan and Toucheng onramps during the holiday, depending on the situation. Real-time traffic conditions will be available on the website http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/?lang=en or via a mobile app that is downloadable at http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/app. Meanwhile, rain is likely across the country during the holiday weekend due to an approaching weather front and increasing northeasterly winds, according to the Central Weather Bureau. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-28 09:47 GMT+08:00