New Highway to Slash Driving Time to East Coast

Connie Chang, June 30, 2017, 9:41 a.m.

A new highway that links Seoul to Yangyang in Gangwon Province opened on Friday, reducing driving time from the capital to East Coast to just 90 minutes.

Construction began in 2004, with a 78.5-km section linking Seoul and East Hongcheon opening in 2009.

It reduces the road distance between Seoul and Yangyang from 175.4 km to 150.2 km, while the time it takes to reach the eastern coastal city from the capital has decreased from 2 hours and 10 minutes to an hour and a half.

An official at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said, "Due to the shortened travel time, we should see an easing of traffic congestion during peak vacation seasons and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics."

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