Heavier traffic, sightseeing seen in northern Taiwan on holiday

Focus Taiwan
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

The Old Street in New Taipei’s Sanxia Friday.

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Traffic was generally smooth around Taiwan on the first day of the three-day Labor Day holiday Friday except for heavy congestion in the north, especially between the Greater Taipei area and Yilan County, according to the National Freeway Bureau.

As of 7 p.m., the heaviest congestion was reported on several freeway sections in Keelung, New Taipei and Yilan, where travel speeds remained below 40 kilometers per hour, according to the bureau's online traffic service.

These sections included the southbound lanes of Freeway No. 1 between the Dahua and Keelung exits, the southbound lanes of Freeway No. 5 between the Nangang and Pinglin exits, and the northbound lanes of Freeway No. 5 between the Toucheng and Pinglin exits, the "1968" website showed.

For much of the day, vehicles on the southbound section between the Nangang and Pinglin exits traveled at under 20 kph and were stuck at 20-40 kph going through the nearly 13-km long Xueshan Tunnel in the same direction to Toucheng.    [FULL  STORY]

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