Paceville road clo­sures leave driv­ers fum­ing for over two hours on the same road

Malta Independent - - NEWS - Rebecca Iversen

Com­plete dis­ar­ray and chaos filled Paceville’s roads yes­ter­day when Transport Malta failed to pro­vide any signs or of­fi­cials to in­form driv­ers on road clo­sures. As a re­sult, grid­lock and chaos en­sued, with mo­torists un­able to make their way around the lo­cal­ity.

Re­ports reached this news­room that driv­ers were left wait­ing for over two hours on the same road.

Unan­nounced plans by Transport Malta to si­mul­ta­ne­ously redo all the roads in the area started last week. St Ju­lian’s Lo­cal Coun­cil was also not no­ti­fied of the works tak­ing place, only hear­ing of the works through the grapevine. In turn, no res­i­dents in the area were ever in­formed about the dis­rup­tion and in­con­ve­nience due to take place dur­ing the week.

Over the last week sev­eral roads have been dug up and are be­ing resur­faced, in­clud­ing en­try and exit roads.

How­ever, such lit­tle warn­ing was given that cars were parked on the roads that needed to be dug up. The cause of Wednesday evening’s chaos was the clo­sure of the tail end, near Por­tomaso, of Drag­o­nara Road, where no signs or of­fi­cials were placed at the be­gin­ning of the road near St Ge­orge’s Bay to warn driv­ers of its clo­sure. In fact, one mo­torist told this news­room that she was re-di­rected by po­lice­men at the Pen­der Gar­dens area to Drag­o­nara Road.

The lack of warn­ing led to driv­ers driv­ing up a one-way road, un­able to re­verse, with dozens of cars pil­ing up from all di­rec­tions. One driver told this news­room that driv­ers ended up aban­don­ing their cars for a few hours with dozens of cars left at a com­plete stand­still.

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