Traffic began to increase from Tuesday on both sides of the highway. The sluggish pace appeared as some vehicles went out of order on the highway and the interval at two rail crossings, according to sources.
Falling sleep by the truckers during the got-stuck situation is one of the reasons behind the gridlock as well.
The tailback stretched to the Bangabandhu bridge from Gorai, Tangail, and the highway police were trying their best to coordinate traffic and ensure swift passage.
On Thursday, Tangail SP told the Dhaka Tribune that there was a surge of trucks carrying cattle for Eid, and the shutdown of Daulatdia ferry has led to heavy traffic on the highway. Hence cars, buses and trucks have turned to the Dhaka-Tangail highway.
“While 12,000 vehicles crossed the Bangabandhu bridge on Monday, over 20,000 vehicles have crossed it on Tuesday. The two-lane highway is facing difficulty accommodating this heavy traffic,” the SP also said.
On-duty police constable Faruk said: “A long queue appears whenever we stop the traffic for just several minutes to make a passage for the vehicles coming from the link roads of the highway. Besides, stoppages on Mirzapur's Dherua rail crossing contributes to the tailback as well.”
Tangail Traffic Sergeant Eftekhar said: “The highway experienced the tailback because of some accidents on several points including the Jamuna bridge and Jamurki in Thursday evening. During the stuck, the truckers used to sleep causing the situation more terrible.”
Gorai Highway police station OC Khalilur Rahman said the traffic on the highway was moving slowly as the stagnant state started improving since the dead hours of night.