The China Post news staff
With Tomb Sweeping Day this year being a four-day holiday, the National Highway is expecting heavy traffic flows of up to 2.4 million vehicles. However, there will be no restrictions regarding the number of passengers per vehicle. To better regulate the traffic flow, from April 2-5, the Taiwan Area National Freeway Bureau is allowing toll-free travel for cars taking the highway between 12 a.m. and 7 a.m. to encourage the public to travel during that time.
Depending on the traffic, the road shoulders of Highway No. 3 south from Dahsi to Longtan will be open between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for small vehicles. The bureau will also consider closing off various freeway entry ramps to control traffic, although which entrances on what highways will be officially announced by next week.
The highway bureau said that Tomb Sweeping Day last year was only a three-day break; during that time, national highways saw a flow of between 2.2 and 2.3 million vehicles per day.
With an extra day this year, adding onto that the possibility of good weather, highway traffic is expected to increase to between 2.1 and 2.4 vehicles daily, with the greatest congestion expected on southbound highways on April 2, and northbound on April 5.