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Traffic restrictions apply tomorrow for start of Deaflympics

WARNING Taipei police will clamp down on any motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians during the Deaflympics, doling out fines of up to NT$3,600

By Mo Yan-chih  /  STAFF REPORTER

Strict traffic controls will be enforced around Taipei Stadium and Taipei Dome tomorrow for the opening ceremony of the Deaflympics tomorrow evening.

Beining Road will be closed to traffic from 4pm to 12am. The sections of Nanjing E Road, Dunhua N Road and Bade Road surrounding the stadium will be closed from 5pm to 12am.

OTHER CLOSED ROADS

Nearby sections of Guangfu N and S roads, Fuxing N and S roads, Civic Boulevard and Minsheng E Road, only buses, taxies and cars with permits will be allowed to enter the area from 5pm.

Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧), head of the Taipei City Police Department’s traffic division, said the parking lot for scooters at Taipei Dome would be closed until Sept. 15 to discourage scooters from entering the area and blocking roads.

Motorists driving east or west across the city are advised to take Minquan Road, Zhongxiao Road, Renai Road or Xinyi Road, while those driving north or south can take Tayou Road, Sanmin Road or Keelung Road.

BUS TRAFFIC

The city government will be transporting athletes and their coaches from Neihu District (內湖) to the competition venues.

As more than 200 buses will be traveling back and forth each day, drivers should avoid Xinhu 1st Road, Jiuzong Road and surrounding areas, Fang said.

He reminded motorists to yield to the athletes and said the police would clamp down on any motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians, issuing fines of between NT$1,200 and NT$3,600.

Approximately 5,000 athletes from 80 countries will compete at the 21st Summer Deaflympics.

For more information about traffic measures and bus routes during the Deaflympics, visit www.pto.taipei.gov.tw or call Taipei’s Citizen’s Hotline at 1999 or (02) 2720-8889 from outside Taipei.

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