Concrete blocks on Yangon roads to be swapped with steel grilles
COMBINING road safety with style, the Yangon Region government is to replace the concrete lane markers on the city’s busiest streets with steel grilles starting this month, said Police Lieutenant Colonel Aung Ko Oo of the traffic police.
The concrete blocks first appeared in 2014 along Anawrahta Road, starting from 50th Street, in an effort to keep cars out of the bus lane. Transport authorities found that the yellow line originally painted for that purpose was not sufficient. Later they placed plastic pylons for the same purpose, but drivers just moved them.
Yangon City Development Committee placed concrete blocks along Pyay and Kabar Aye Pagoda roads and elsewhere to try to reduce congestion and speed the passage of buses.
Critics, however, said the blocks caused accidents.
“Some people said these blocks were very dangerous for buses and cars. It’s true,” said YCDC official U Kyaw Saw at the time. “First we painted yellow lines, but drivers ignored them. Then we laid plastic blocks, but drivers got out and moved them. We never wanted to lay concrete blocks, but we had to do it. I kept hoping people would get used to them.”
It was the police who suggested that steel grill-work would be tidier.
“With the new government’s 100day plan, and in cooperation with other departments, we looked at the traffic patterns,” said Lt Col Aung Ko Oo. “We found that the Maynigone flyover to Parami junction, the Shwegonedaing flyover to Sayar San junction and the Hledan flyover to Parami traffic lights were the best places to remove the concrete blocks and replace them with steel grilles. The Yangon Region government authorised us to proceed.”
The blocks will now be replaced at the flyover pedestrian bridge at Bahan, the Sayar San traffic lights near the Kokkine flyover, and the Shwegonedaing flyover to Sethmu 1 traffic light.
“And we will permanently remove the concrete blocks from bus stop No 106 to Chan Myae Yeik Thar Monastery on Kabar Aye Pagoda Road, from Parami traffic lights to the School of the Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security,” he said.
At the Pyay and Parami roads intersection, police will operate a manual traffic light system instead of an automatic system.
Traffic clogs a main road at the Hledan overpass in Yangon.