Traffic restrictions for highways on Dec. 31

The China Post News Staff

There will be traffic restrictions in place for the New Year Eve’s celebration in the areas that surround not only Ta-chia Riverside Park but also certain sections of the national highways. The riverside park, one of the sites that features the Taipei International Floral Expo, will hold a New Year’s Eve fireworks show to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China.

According to the Department of Transportation of Taipei City Government, the traffic controls, from 8 p.m., Dec. 31, to 3 a.m. the next morning, cover the followings streets: Pin-chiang Street (Ta-chih Bridge to Min-tsu East Road), Alley 180 on Pin-chiang Street, Ta-chi Bridge (neither pedestrians nor cars are allowed), Fu-hsing North Road underpass, Pei-an Road, Ming-shui Road and Chien-kuo viaduct (north of Ming-tsu East Road). In addition, the northbound traffic on Chung-shan North Road will be redirected at the intersection crossing Ming-tsu East Road between 8 p.m. Dec. 31 and 12:30 a.m. the following day. Drivers to the Grand Hotel and Shih-lin district will have to take Cheng-te Road. The bus lane on Ming-tsu East Road (from Sung-chiang Road to Chung-shan North Road) will be put in use after 8 p.m. The innermost lanes of both sides of Fu-hsing North Road will be only used for shuttle buses. Traffic controls extend to National Highway No. 1. The section designated is Hsi-chih-to-Wu-ku viaduct southbound between two ramps of Hsi-tzu and Huan-ho North Road, from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. the next morning.

Traffic police also suggested several substitute routes. Drivers that go to Nei-hu can take Shih-min viaduct and transfer to Ti-ting Boulevard, instead of going through Hsin-yi and Ta-an districts up to Ta-chih bridge. Those who go to Ta-chih and Nei-hu from Chung-shan district can take national highways. People that plan to go south from Ta-chih and Nei-hu by Ta-chih bridge can take Ti-ting Boulevard and then Shih-min viaduct.