Rio Olympics 2016: Holiday announced to prevent traffic chaos

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Rio de Janeiro, Aug 3: In order to prevent traffic chaos during the Olympic torch relay, Rio's Mayor Eduardo Paes has announced that Thursday (Aug 4) will be a holiday.

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The Olympic torch is already in Rio state and the relay is expected to get to the city on Thursday.

Olympics Rio 2016: Holiday announced to prevent traffic chaos

Given the traffic chaos taking place in Rio this week, the mayor thought it better to declare a holiday to alleviate the situation by reducing the number of commuters, reports Xinhua news agency.

Traffic in Rio has already been deeply changed by the Olympics: the city's main expressways got special lanes exclusive to vehicles related to the Olympics, such as buses transporting athletes, and several accesses were closed to the general public.

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Those changes caused more chaos in Rio's already chaotic traffic: over 100 km of traffic jams were registered on Monday and Tuesday.

With the perspective of even more problems on Thursday, Paes decided that another holiday would be a better choice.

Other three holidays had already been announced: August 5, the day of the opening ceremony; the 18th, the day of the marathon; and the 22th, the day after the closing ceremony.

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