Open­ing By­pass Roads No Help With Traf­fic Con­ges­tion

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Re­cently I heard a min­is­ter talk­ing about im­ple­ment­ing a system to en­cour­age driv­ers to use sec­ondary roads dur­ing busy pe­ri­ods. This is ridicu­lous. The is­sue with driv­ers us­ing sec­ondary roads in Saint Lu­cia is that they are not used all the way to the fi­nal desti­na­tion but in­stead are used as a quick means of by­pass­ing a traf­fic jam only for a yards be­fore re­turn­ing to that same traf­fic jam. A good ex­am­ple is those driv­ers (in­clud­ing bus driv­ers who are legally obliged to stay on the main roads) who leave the high­way near Com­puter World in Bois Or­ange and then re­join at the Marisule gap that leads to Wind­ward Is­land Gases. Such a move fur­ther ex­ac­er­bates the sit­u­a­tion since driv­ers who stay on the high­way con­stantly need to stop to give those self­ish driv­ers space to re­join the high­way.

It has been an­nounced that the Bois d'Or­ange by­pass will be re­opened soon to the motoring pub­lic. This makes no sense at all since it will lead to the same prob­lem which was men­tioned above in which driv­ers will now leave the high­way at an ear­lier point and re­join the traf­fic at the Wind­ward Is­land Gases Marisule gap.

What we need along that stretch is traf­fic cops man­ag­ing the traf­fic at the Marisule gap as well as the Grande Riviere gap. It might also be wise to re­strict ve­hi­cles com­ing from the di­rec­tion of Cas­tries from en­ter­ing Glace Mo­tors be­tween the hours of 7am and 9am.

My sug­ges­tions are sim­ple but will surely be of more ben­e­fit than to re­open the Bois d'Or­ange by­pass. In fact, that Bois d'Or­ange by­pass should be left as it is and only opened in emer­gen­cies.

-- Jonathan

ED­I­TOR’S NOTE: The Min­istry of In­fra­struc­ture in­formed us that some light­ing prob­lems have caused a de­lay in the open­ing of the by­pass road. The is­sue is cur­rently be­ing dealt with, but the by­pass road will not be opened un­til nec­es­sary street­lights are in place. Of­fi­cials from the Min­istry could not give a spe­cific date for the re­open­ing of the by­pass road. We will be for­ward­ing a copy of your let­ter to the min­istry’s chief en­gi­neer. He is cur­rently on va­ca­tion, we are told.

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