Highways Congested with Travelers Heading Home for Chuseok

Write : 2017-09-30 11:56:37 Update : 2017-09-30 14:14:03

Highways Congested with Travelers Heading Home for Chuseok

Expressways across the nation have started to become congested as travelers heading home for the Chuseok holiday hit the road. 

On the first day of the ten-day holiday period on Saturday, traffic came to a standstill from the morning on a five-kilometer section leading out of Seoul on the Gyeongbu Expressway linking the capital city and Busan. 

The Korea Expressway Corporation says that as of 9 a.m., the travel time on the 428-kilometer-long expressway between Seoul and the southeastern port city is expected to be five hours and 40 minutes. It is expected to take a little more than five hours to get from Seoul to Mokpo on the southwestern tip of the nation. 

The state-run agency says congestion started on major expressways from 6 to 7 a.m. and is expected to peak between 6 and 8 p.m. The agency says about four-point-seven million vehicles will be traveling around on the nation's expressways on Saturday, which is a little higher than the level on a usual weekend. 

Five-hundred-20-thousand vehicles are expected to leave Seoul while 470-thousand are forecast to enter the capital city on Saturday. 

Notorious transportation snags seen annually at this busiest traveling time of the year are expected to ease up this year as the Chuseok holiday is spread over ten days. 

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