Vehicular Traffic In Trinidad & Tobago
On Monday the Western road system from St. James to Woodbrook will undergo a major directional change with some roads being one way! For instance St. James and Arapita Ave. Will only be one way! This is suppose to be experimental but its going to be a killer for people who have to take taxis / maxis to work and back because they will no longer have the regular routes. What are your thoughts about this?
I dote on his very absence. -- The Merchant of Venice, Act i. scene. 2, William Shakespeare
This system of one way for major roads is terrible. Instead of helping what it is doing is choking the back roads of St. James. It will be a nightmare when school starts.
TV6 News announced that the government has decided that this experimental traffic system for St. James has been rescinded and as of 3rd September, 2012 there will be two way traffic again. Thank goodness, it did not make sense at all for people going from West to East.
A total waste of tax payer's money. Now they have to hire people and buy hardware to put back the same signs and road paint that was there before, does that make any sense to you, not to me.
The rescinding of the traffic plan has been moved up to the 30th of August, 2012. The re-routing of traffic originally cost the government $3.8 million, I wonder what will be the cost to restore it to how it used to be.
Title: Vehicular traffic in T&T
Comments: Although the plan had limited success-travel times into and from POS was much faster, it certainly didn't take into consideration the car for hire scenario which was the cause of its cancellation. The problem with traffic in Trinidad and Tobago is 1) too many cars on the roads,they're putting 10K every 3 months. 2)The existing road infrastructure is outdated. 3) No new public transportation ideas-I.e rail, light rail. The much talked about water taxi service is losing money daily and even that was not planned properly in terms of infrastructure. The major problems within the city is that the roads are too narrow and was designed without any thought of expansion for the future. We all know that buildings go right up to the road way, so yes one way could work if you were able to build another lane dedicated for vehicles for hire moving in the opposite direction. Even where there is real estate for additional lanes there's no foresight to increase. For example the Solomon Hochoy highway could easily accommodate two lanes on either side from Chaguanas to Retrench.
Title: Road repairs
Comments: Citizens here should not have to remind politicians about the conditions of our road. Many roads on this island by the way(Not where the upper classes and citizens of importance live), are in need of urgent repairs, and this problem has been highlighted time and time again by citizens of many districts. In some areas such as Diego Martin the repairs carried out on some roads are alarming .Asphalt is just piled up in the middle of the road and spread out leaving a slope of either side of the road which has no drainage. This could well be considered hurried, inadequate and poor workmanship. Another problem which is noticeable is that there is no co-ordination between the road repairs brigade and WASA. In many cases WASA workmen for reasons known only to themselves suddenly appear at an area of road just repaired and start digging it up. Then the whole process repeats itself with the public having again to complain about the state of the road which was recently repaired. They then have to wait in some cases for months before the road is again repaired because of the so -called road repair timetable. This is a maddening situation, and needs to be sorted out once and for all. In my opinion this is another form of corruption of milking the Treasury of funds to support unnecessary hours of employment.
Title: Highway to te village of Toco?
Comments: Dear Editor, I am sure that I read in one of the local newspapers about a plan to build a highway to Toco. Normally highways are build by developed and developing nation to travel from city to city. The maintenance of such highways cost and arm and a leg .Highways are not built to villages such as Toco. We have adequate roads to Toco. The problem is however, such roads like many others on this island are not properly maintained. Whoever thought up this potential project want to think again. We don't need infrastructures that will be a burden on the taxpayers especially when we are now running out of gas and oil on which our economy depends.