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KEC expects 7 hours and 10 Minutes From Seoul to Gwangju on Chuseok

한국도로公추석 귀성길 서울→광주 7시간 10분 예상

KEC expects 7 hours and 10 Minutes From Seoul to Gwangju on Chuseok


Holiday traffic congestion is expected to begin today on highways nationwide with people traveling back home for Chuseok.

Yeongju Ahn has more.


The Korea Expressway Corporation Gwangju Jeonnam Branch announced a five-day special traffic plan for the Chuseok holiday from September 11th to 15th, and implemented comprehensive measures to ensure smooth traffic flow across the region.


The number of highway vehicles in Gwangju and Jeollanamdo Province during the Chuseok holiday is forecast to increase by 2.9 percent on-year, with about 400,000 vehicles expected to use the roads per day, while the maximum traffic on the day of Chuseok, September 13th, might hit 540,000 vehicles.


Compared to the previous year, the Chuseok holiday is shorter than last year, resulting in a significant increase in congestion on the roads outside of Gwangju and Jeollanamdo, however, the return road to the region will be less busy than last year.


When traveling to Gwangju and Jeollanamdo Province during Chuseok, the maximum hours are expected to be 7 hours and 10 minutes to Gwangju from Seoul and 8 and 30 minutes to Mokpo from Seoul. On the other hand, it is expected to take 6 hours and 50 minutes from Gwangju to Seoul and 7 hours and 30 minutes from Mokpo to Seoul on the same day.


The number of vehicles entering Gwangju during the Chuseok holiday season is expected to hit an average of 104,000 per day and 132,000 on the main day of Chuseok, which is expected to be the most congested.


Vehicles entering Mokpo and Suncheon are expected to have the highest traffic volume with an average of 64,000 units per day, up 4.9 percent from the previous year, and 80,000 units on the day of Chuseok.


An official from the Korea Expressway Corporation, Gwangju Jeonnam Branch said to ensure a safe and pleasant journey back home, it is important to thoroughly inspect and tune the vehicle before departure, make sure to wear a seat belt on the road, keep a safe following distance, take breaks often and never drink and drive.

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