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Initially nine kilometers of traffic jam on the Gotthard one week before Easter

One week before Easter, a traffic jam of initially nine kilometers in length formed on the A2 freeway between Erstfeld UR and Göschenen UR before noon on Saturday before the Gotthard north portal. The time lost late in the morning was already one and a half hours.

The Touring Club of Switzerland (TCS) cited traffic congestion as the reason for the traffic jam on its website. The highway entrances in Wassen UR and Göschenen were closed. The TCS also recommended an alternative route via the A13 and the San Bernardino tunnel.

One of the main reasons for the crowds on the freeway heading south is probably the start of the vacations in eleven German states this weekend, including the two neighboring states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. In Switzerland, the two Basel regions start their spring vacation.

The traffic delays due to the spring vacation are expected to really start next Wednesday. The Federal Roads Office is also expecting traffic jams and delays on the Gotthard and San Bernardino routes.

©Keystone/SDA

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