Traffic began to pick up late on Tuesday afternoon on Taiwan's highways, on the final day of the Lunar New Year holidays. That’s as people began to head back home for work on Wednesday.
Authorities were warning that delays would likely be seen on northbound stretches of the nation’s highways after 3pm on Tuesday. They urged travelers to use cell phone apps and the National Highway Police Bureau web site to monitor traffic and make route adjustments as necessary.
Authorities were monitoring the northbound lanes on National Freeways 1 and 3 as holidaymakers returned to Taipei. They were also keeping a close eye on the smaller northeast coast highway -- Freeway Number 5 -- which crosses through the congested Hsueshan Tunnel, which is the nation’s longest.
Authorities say that travel along northbound sections of Freeway Number 5 is restricted to high occupancy vehicles between 3pm and 8pm on Tuesday. They urged travelers to listen to the Police Broadcasting Service, abide by freeway signage, and maintain a safe distance between vehicles.