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Traffic jams vanish as Golden Week ends

Date Posted: 2007-05-11

Highways and arterial roadways began returning to normal Monday as the ten-day Golden Week holiday wound down and people returned home.

The rains on May 5th dampened some of the holiday reveler enthusiasm, but cars were bumper to bumper on both the Expressway and the primary north-south roadway, Highway 58. The Kyoda Interchange to the expressway, the northern end point, saw bottlenecks stretching five kilometers on Friday, a pinch point that didn’t stop all day as travelers ventured to Nago City and holiday events fart her north.

Highway 58 traffic was simply bad, Friday and Saturday as travelers either took advantage of the last holiday opportunities, or were making the trek back home.

More than 200,000 turned out for the 33rd annual Naha Haarii at Aja Port. A highlight of this year’s festival was a first-time chance for ordinary citizens to get rides in the popular racing dragon boards, and even have a chance to try their hand at rowing.

Exhaustion was the most common exclamation Sunday night. “Oh! I’m tired. Too tired to take care of my family” said one traveler, while another added “I should rest on my holiday.” Another lamented “I don’t want to go back to work”. Businesses were generally pleased with the Golden Week, noting their revenues were higher than in past years.

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