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.