TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The four-day New Year holiday begins tomorrow, and in anticipation of heavy traffic as commuters return home, the Ministry of Transportation and Communication Freeway Bureau have identified six of the busiest road sections, so travelers can find alternative routes south.
The list is as follows:
National Freeway 1 (Sun Yat-sen Freeway):
- Yangmei (楊梅) to Hsinchu (新竹) section, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., journey time to increase fivefold.
- Changhua (彰化) to Puyan (埔鹽) section, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., journey time to increase threefold.
National Freeway 3 (Formosa Freeway):
- Sanying (三鶯) to Guanxi (關西) section, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., journey time to increase fourfold.
- Jiaodong (茄冬) to Xibin (西濱) section, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., journey time to increase fourfold.
- Wuri (烏日) to Wufeng (霧峰) section, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., journey time to increase fourfold.
National Freeway 5:
- Nangang Junction (南港系統交流道) to Pinglin (坪林) section, 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., journey time to increase fivefold.
The Freeway Bureau announced starting tomorrow and over the following three days, toll exemptions will be applied on all freeways between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. The last day of toll-free travel will be Jan. 1, between 12 a.m. and 10 a.m.
The bureau advised that Provincial Highway 61 along the northeast coast can be taken as an alternative for travelers between Hsinchu and Changhua in order to save time and money.
There are seven road sections the bureau recommends travelers try their best to avoid altogether. The sections include National Freeway 1 between Daya (大雅) and Yuanlin (員林) in both directions, Hukou (湖口) to Hsinchu southwards, Freeway 3 between Tucheng (土城) and Sanxia (三峽) both directions, Tianliao (田寮) to Qishan (旗山) eastwards, Sanxia to Daxi (大溪) both directions, Caotun (草屯) to Kuai Guan (快官) both directions, and Douliu (斗六) to Wufeng (霧峰) northwards.