Taipei, Feb. 13 (CNA) Sections of Taiwan’s national freeways are forecast to see a spike in traffic congestion over the first four days of the six-day Lunar New Year holiday, which begins Thursday, according to the National Freeway Bureau (NFB).
On Feb. 15, it is estimated that travel time will increase anywhere from eight to 32 minutes on southbound sections between Hukou-Hsinchu and Changhua-Puyan on Freeway No. 1 starting as early as 7 a.m. to midday, the bureau said.
Journey time is also expected to triple from 14 to 42 minutes on the southbound Yingge-Guanxi section of Freeway No. 3 from 8 p.m. to 12 p.m. that day, it added.
On the following day, congestion is again expected to increase on the Hukou-Hsinchu section of Freeway No. 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Meanwhile, heavy traffic is expected on sections of national freeway No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 on Saturday, when married daughters return home to visit their parents, relatives and close friends, according to the bureau.
They include the Hukou-Hsinchu, Yingge-Guanxi sections on Freeway No. 1, and the Nangang-Pinglin section on Freeway No. 3.
Traffic on the northbound Toucheng-Pinglin section of Freeway No. 5 will also likely see heavy congestion from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
On Sunday, the bureau said congestion is forecast for northbound traffic on Freeway No. 1 after 1 p.m., on the Nantun-Fengyuan section in Taichung, Tungluo-Touwu section in Miaoli County and the Hsinchu-Hukou section.
(By Wang Shu-fen and Ko Lin)