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Opening bypass roads does not help with traffic congestion (letter to the editor)

Letter to the Editor

stock-footage-writing-a-letter-close-upDear Editor: 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 St. 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 few 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 d’Orange and then rejoin at the Marisule gap that leads to Windward Island Gases. Such a move further exacerbates the situation since drivers who stayed 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 that 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 7 a.m. and 9 a.m.

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 be opened in emergencies when there is an accident in that area.

– Concerned

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15 comments

  1. It makes the virtual parking lot that converted from being a highway much bigger. You may have a longer queue to get home or where you are going.

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  2. I think traffic cops creates more of a problem and the feeder/bypass roads do not help neither, what we need to do is to widen the main road in segments at a time. It has to be done once and for all!
    Whatever happened to the queens chain?

    Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised!

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  3. Its not going to make a real difference because the bottlenecks are elsewhere along the road network.

    The Main benefit is for LAND OWNERS along the route who will see their commercial land value potentially triple.

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  4. I don't think Traffic Cops will help at all, on the contrary... It has been done in the past and creates worse congestion as drivers tend to drive really slow and some want to "see what's going on".
    Having two lanes on either sides of the Gros Islet main road (up to Choc roundabout) and a roundabout at the Corinth Gap might help.

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  5. Don't the bypass roads lead to other secondary roads? Is the author of this letter unaware of the number of secondary roads which bypass roads can give quick access to?? Seriously mr author?

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    • There will be some benefit to opening the bypass. Vehicles going into corinth from north will avoid the galaxy gap which is a normal choke point. However, as the author said, many will use it to gain a few yards and cause more problems lower down.

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  6. Please do not be fooled.

    The bypass is being reopened to facilitate private sector interest in the lands next to the bypass.

    This has nothing to do with traffic management.

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  7. AND WHO WILL COMPENSATE GLACE MOTORS FOR LOSS OF REVENUE.
    I DONT THINK YOU THOUGH OF WHAT YOU ARE SAYING BEFORE YOU SAID IT. i DO UNDERTAND YOU PLIGHT THOUGH AS I LIVE IT DAILY.

    WHY DIDNT YOU SUGGEST US AS A PEOPLE DOING MORE CAR POOLING AND PARKING OUR VEHICLE MORE OFTEN. BECAUSE CLOSE PADNERS LIVING 2 HOUSES FROM EACH OTHER WORKING ON THE SAME STREET GETTING OFF WORK AT THE SAME TIME MUST TAKE THEIR SEPARATE CARS TO WORK DAILY RIGHT. I MEAN SOMETIMES THE CARPOOLING MAY BE POSSIBLE AND CAN BE USED TOO.

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    • Put a toll bridge both directions. Those passing the toll bridge before a certain time must pay. Afterwards, it is free.

      Now see how people would rearrange their lives to suit with carpooling and all that. Government would make some money too, so as to upkeep the maintenance of those very roads. Everybody wins.

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  8. What we need along that stretch is traffic cops managing the traffic at that Marisule gap as well as the Grande Riviere gap.
    Your above relayed suggestion begs me to think your entire article as garbage. This will make it worse by far, and stretch human resources uselessly.

    The backroads WILL HELP RELIEVE TRAFFIC IF AND ONCE IT IS USED PROPERLY BY ROAD USERS, AND NOT USED TO TRY TO CUT TRAFFIC.

    IT IS WE THE DRIVERS WHO MAKE IT INEFFICIENT, WE CUT THE ROUTES SHORT AND END UP MAKING TRAFFIC SLOWER WHEN REJOINING BECAUSE WE ARE SO IMPATIENT.

    FOR EXAMPLE AS YOU MENTIONED TAKING THE MARISULE BYPASS NEAR THE BRODGE SHOULD NOT SEE ONE COMING BACK INTO TRAFFIC BY WINDWARD GASES. IT SHOULD ONLY BE USED BY PERSONS GOING INTO THAT AREA OR INTO BABONNEAU ETC. OR PERSONS GOING INTO TOWN WHO SHOULD EXIT NEAR MEGA J . SINCE THERE IS DUAL LANE CARRIAGE THERE AND SINGLE LANE CARRIAGE FROM MARISULE, IT WILL DEFINITELY HELP RELIEVE THE TRAFFIC. BUT WE THE DRIVER MUST ULTIMATELY MAKE IT EFFICIENT.
    THANK YOU

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    • Put a toll bridge. Those passing the toll bridge before a certain time pay. Afterwards it is free. See how people would rearrange their lives to suit. Government would make some money too to upkeep the maintenance of those very roads. Everybody wins.

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  9. Wrong........Any help is needed

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  10. Traffic cops make a bouyon with the traffic ... Horrible suggestion

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    • Here is a short-term solution: Stagger the opening hours.

      Long-term solutions:1) Relocate key offices in other parts of the country; and 2) increase computer literacy so people can do some of their activities online using their mobile phones.

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      • Staggering work hours is a band aid solution. The problem is that St. Lucians do not know how to use the roads properly and are bunch of morons. They are happy sitting their behinds in traffic being unproductive. Barring an accident there is no reason for all the backups. Blame the driving schools for not updating their teaching for the roads we now have.

        1. Drivers on the highway should not yield to traffic coming from secondary roads. Never! Ever wonder what holds up the traffic so much with no accident? Phantom traffic jams. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wm-pZp_mi0.

        Now imagine how many times drivers on the highway stop to allow people to merge: lucelec, JnMarie, Sandals, Marisule Gap, Moso, Glace Supermarket, Courts, Windjammer, Corinth, Galaxy gas station, S&S. Sure you jam your brakes out of courtesy to let one person merge, but how courteous is it for the 20 drivers behind you who have to slam on their brakes and are forced to wait. Don't do it. Gaps will naturally form in the traffic flow that will allow people to safely merge.

        2. Vehicles should completely pull off the road for embarking and disembarking passengers. Cops should fine those bus drivers liberally. Just have a look by Sans Souci to see bus drivers offloading and picking up passengers in the middle of the road and the long lines that develop.

        3. On the dual carriageway one lane is reserved for overtaking only. After you overtake, pass your a$$ back in the non overtaking lane and allow other vehicles to overtake. That non-overtaking lane is that one turning left off the highway. This is not an expressway. Ever heard of the Autobahn? That's the rule.

        4. Trucks should not be allowed to take up both lanes on the dual carriageway. Also reduce their speed limit to allow safe overtaking. Ticket them if they don't follow the rules.

        And of course, let's blame those lazy ass police we have there. They see infractions, the continue on their merry way. Yet they receive a monthly salary. Would that ever fly in the private sector?

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