Causes major traffic delays
Tors hike fares
and work,” she said, while adding that she wishes that persons would come out and protest against the way the work is progressing and the inconveniences that are being caused.
Drivers told this newspaper on Friday that during the evenings, the line of traffic usually extends to Sherriff Street and sometimes beyond.
“In the nights you spend at least an hour in the traffic and especially with the rain falling almost every day, pot holes are created on the crusher run, that just slows the whole traffic down because people now have to drive extra slowly. Sometimes you can’t even see the diversion signs and is not like you can remember them because they are always changing,” one driver said.
Since the start of the project, drivers and residents have complained about the congestion. Nigel Erskine, Technical Services Manager for roads, attached to the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, had previously said that changes were made to better manage the traffic, including the placement of more traffic signs.
Erskine also said that errant road users who refuse to wait in the traffic line are also a major contributing factor to the congestion.
“What is happening is that the congestion is happening during the peak period [and] in a lot of the cases what is contributing to the congestion is indiscipline. You would have only one lane to go through the intersection at the bridges but what you would have is that like three lanes of traffic are converging at that point and only one can go through so that results in everyone being at a standstill,” he explained.
He also noted that the audit would’ve found that the offloading of materials during peak time would have also been a contributing factor to the slow traffic. To remedy this, they instructed the contractor to stop offloading material during the peak period.
The contractor also reportedly increased the capacity of their flagmen and the amount that were placed
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