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Kaohsiung unveils traffic plans ahead of lantern festival

By Flora Wang  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Kaohsiung City Government yesterday released its traffic control plan for the Kaohsiung Lantern Festival, which will open on Saturday.

According to the city government’s plan, two-way controls will be imposed between 12pm and 5pm along Cisian Third Road, Daren Road and Dayong Road on Saturday.

One-way controls will be imposed along Wufu Road between Cisian Third Road and Jhongshan Road at around the same time, the city government said.

No vehicles, including bicycles, will be allowed to enter the west side of Hedong Road between Jhongzheng Bridge and Wufu Bridge from Saturday until Feb. 15, city government officials said.

Vehicles will also be banned from traveling on the west side of Hesi Road, Haibian Road and Yingsyong Road from 4pm until midnight on weekdays and between 2pm and midnight on holidays during the 16-day festival.

The festival, which will be held on the Honorary Pier (光榮碼頭), the True Love Pier (真愛碼頭) and the banks of the Love River, will feature a high-altitude fireworks display incorporating the theme of the World Games.

Test displays will be held at the Honorary Pier at 7pm tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.

Shuttle buses will run every 10 minutes between the Kaohsiung Rapid Transit System’s Yanchengpu Station (鹽埕埔), the True Love Pier and the Honorary Pier during the lantern celebration, the city government said, urging residents to take advantage of public transportation.

The Love Boat service between Wufu Bridge and Jianguo Bridge may increase the frequency of departures between 4pm and 11:30pm during the festival.

Performers from Kaohsiung’s sister cities — Hachioji City in Japan, Busan in South Korea and Seattle, Washington, in the US — will also participate in the festivities on Saturday night.

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