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A peek into our traffic woes

Fred Wesley
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

FIJI Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore made interesting points the other day.

He spoke about the need for a transportation study to achieve what he termed a holistic view of the transportation network in Suva.

Mr Moore said over the next 12 months, the FRA would be assessing various areas and lookouts for how transportation worked for the area.

Of particular concern in Suva, he said, was the fact that a lot of roads needed work on them.

Some of the roads, he said, "may even need total reconstruction which would be very disruptive".

In the face of that scenario, there was a need, he said, to work out a way to minimise disruptions to people and reduce congestion on the roads.

It meant there was a need to understand transportation in the first place, hence the need for the study.

Information gathered from the study, he said, would be used to undertake new designs and maybe change the priority on traffic signals and whether there was a need for one-way routes through the city.

Responding to questions about the traffic congestion along the Suva-Nausori corridor during peak hours, Mr Moore said the reconstruction of the road in this area was a massive project.

Daily commuters along the heavily populated Suva-Nausori corridor are being forced to live with traffic congestion.

Roadworks along the corridor have not helped ease frustration levels.

The revelation by Mr Moore is acknowledged and appreciated.

It may not offer a reprieve from the frustrations and anger commuters have to go through daily, but it offers an explanation that is enlightening.

Surely we all want to spend less time stuck in traffic daily.

Commuters are spending more time heading to work and back home daily.

Many are spending up to an hour or more than that some days on routes that normally should be taking about half an hour to travel at the most.

As Mr Moore pointed out, "traffic management is a major issue. There are simple things we can do to make it far less problematic for people. We can work on small sections, can do temporary lineage. I am afraid the congestion will be there, but we are going to minimise as much as we can and finish it next year".

Commuters want solutions to ease the frustration, anger and stress of travelling to and from the Capital City daily.

Road upgrade works are not easing frustrations and anger. It will not be over any time soon either.

In the face of all the negative emotions that may erupt, let us stick to the rules that govern road usage, show some courtesy, and stay safe.








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