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Traffic congestion started early in the morning of today (19th), the second day of the Chuseok holiday. Congestion is getting worse and worse, reaching a peak in the late afternoon.



Reporter Han So-hee reports the highway situation.



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Congestion sections have been formed on major highways across the country since dawn.



Congestion started early near the Hannam Interchange on the Gyeongbu Expressway towards Busan, and the flow near the Daewang Pangyo Interchange is also slow.



The number of vehicles also increased near the Gunpo Interchange in the Gangneung direction of the Yeongdong Line.



According to the Korea Expressway Corporation, it will take 4 hours 50 minutes from Seoul to Busan, 3 hours 50 minutes from Gwangju, and 2 hours 40 minutes from Gangneung, based on the tollgate, if it departs at 6 am.



The Road Corporation forecasted the national traffic volume to be 4.15 million today.



The congestion on the way home is expected to reach its peak at 4-5 pm and then resolve between 8 and 9 pm.



The return route is expected to start congested around 11 am to 12 pm, peak around 3 to 4 pm, and clear around 6 to 7 pm.



It is expected that the highway homecoming road will be busiest in the morning of tomorrow, the day before Chuseok, and the return road in the afternoon the day after Chuseok.



The government has designated the 22nd until the end of this Chuseok holiday as a special transportation measure period to strengthen quarantine.



Seat operation is prohibited at indoor stores in all highway service areas managed by Korea Expressway Corporation.



In addition, temporary screening testing stations are operated at 9 service areas such as Anseong, Icheon, and Hwaseong, so you can get tested for COVID-19.  

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