Taipei Heavy traffic is expected Saturday afternoon on many parts of Taiwan's freeways as more people will drive northbound on the third day of the four-day Tomb Sweeping Festival, according to the Freeway Bureau.
The most affected roads are in northern and central Taiwan, where some of the northbound lanes on Freeways No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 will see travel speed at less than 40 kilometers per hour in the afternoon, according to a press statement released by the Bureau on Friday.
To alleviate traffic congestion, the bureau said between 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., the northbound entrances of Freeway No. 1 at Huwei and Yanpu will be closed, daily credits of free mileage will be canceled at the Mingjian and Zhunan locations of Freeway No. 3, and vehicles will be required to have at least three occupants, including the driver, at several entrances to Freeway No. 5 in Yilan.
The Bureau said congestion on Freeway No. 5 is expected to continue until 10 p.m. Saturday.
To encourage motorists to travel during off-peak hours, toll collection on freeways will be suspended starting from midnight to 10 a.m. on Sunday, the Freeway Bureau said.
It has also announced four long alternative routes for freeways and another seven short diversions.
Travelers looking for real-time traffic conditions can go to the bureau's website http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/?lang=en or download the mobile application available at http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/app.
In Taiwan, April 5 is designated each year as Tomb Sweeping Festival, during which people pay respects to their deceased loved ones at grave sites, sometimes in their ancestral villages. As the festival fell on a Friday this year, it has created a long holiday weekend.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel