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Traffic controls set for Tomb Sweeping Day

Staff writer, with CNA

Traffic controls are to be enforced on the nation’s freeways over the four-day Tomb Sweeping Day holiday weekend early next month, the National Freeway Bureau said.

Traffic control measures at entrance ramps that limit the number of vehicles accessing freeways are to be in effect from Friday next week through April 6, and tolls are to be suspended from midnight to 5am over the period to encourage use of the roads when there is the least traffic, the bureau said.

A unified rate of NT$0.9 per kilometer is to be adopted during the period — a 25 percent discount off the standard rate.

Motorists traveling between the Hsinchu and Yanchao interchanges on National Freeway No. 3 are to receive an additional 20 percent off.

However, the standard toll-free first 20km of travel on all freeways each day is to be suspended over the period, the bureau said.

As many as 2.8 million motorists per day could use the freeways over the extended weekend, the bureau said.

In an additional effort to ease congestion, it plans to offer motorists a 20 percent discount as an incentive for travel on Saturday and Sunday.

The bureau said it hoped that the measure — set to be implemented on all freeways during the weekend before the holiday — would encourage people to travel before the holiday rush and sweep the tombs a week early.

Real-time traffic information is available on the bureau’s Web site: http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/?lang=en and a bureau app can be downloaded for iOS and Android operating systems at: http://1968.freeway.gov.tw/app, the bureau said.

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