Causes ma­jor traf­fic de­lays

Tors hike fares

Stabroek News Sunday - - REGIONAL NEWS -

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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