The northbound side of the Xinsheng Overpass (新生高架橋) is closed to traffic until March 31 for maintenance work and the Taipei City Government yesterday called on drivers to make a detour to avoid congestion.
The overpass was partly closed temporarily for the construction of sound barrier walls and other maintenance work, and northbound entrance ramps at Jinan Road, Bade Road and Changan E Road were closed to traffic from Saturday until the end of March.
With heavy traffic expected today, the Taipei City Police Department’s Traffic Division said yesterday it would send more traffic police to give directions and urged drivers to follow directions for detours.
Division deputy director Lee De-wei (李德威) said about 15,000 cars travel on the northbound side of the overpass every day. Traffic control will be especially enforced on roads heading toward Shilin, Tamsui and Dazhi to prevent traffic jams.
The city’s New Construction Department tore down the section that crosses Keelung River and the north approach to the overpass in July, and the current phase of the work focuses on reconstruction and maintenance operations on the overpass.
Lee said police would be dispatched today to Renai Road, Mingsheng E Road, Nanjing E Road, Bade Road, Zhongxiao E Road and Jinshan S Road to provide guidance.
Drivers going to Shilin area are encouraged to enter the overpass via the entrance ramp on Minquan E Road or take alternative routes on Zhongshan N Road or Fuxing N Road.
Drivers heading for Tamsui and Beitou are encouraged to take Chengde Road or Chongqing N Road instead.