Addressing our congestion woes

You would have been forgiven for suggesting traffic congestion leading into the Capital City just got worse yesterday.

In fact, it turned out to be a motorist’s nightmare for many commuters traversing the length of the Suva-Nausori corridor in the morning.

Vehicles were sometimes crawling that it probably would have been faster to take a walk in some parts of the corridor.

Drivers were sometimes forced to travel at a snail’s pace on a route that hasn’t embraced the rise in vehicle numbers.

The partial closure of two key roundabouts leading to the city at the same time were heavily felt.

Ongoing road works are a part of Fiji Roads Authority’s Suva Arterial Road Upgrade Project (SARUP1).

Eight sections of roads will undergo reconstruction or upgrade as part of SARUP1.

FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore insists that once the project is completed it would allow a balanced traffic flow, particularly during peak hours.

Most of the work, he said yesterday, would be carried out at off-peak times, and every effort would be made to keep disruptions to a minimum.

“We are trying to provide a better service for all for the future. Unfortunately there will be disruption while we get there,” Mr Moore said.

“We understand the frustration and disappointment that is felt by some members of the public and please be assured that these concerns do not go ignored.”

Police chief of operations Assistant Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu insisted congestion because of road works were inevitable.

The force, he said, was working with the FRA to assist with the flow of traffic.

He called for understanding from members of the public, pointing out it was a one-off situation.

“After fixing these roads I think everything will flow,” he offered.

It certainly isn’t going to be an easy thing to do though for many frustrated commuters.

Understandably some would be wondering why two key roundabouts had to be worked on at the same time while work continued on the new bridge at Vatuwaqa.

It is good to note though that the FRA has on board experts who will provide training to their subcontractors on traffic flow.

With stress and frustration levels on a high yesterday, it should be encouraging to look forward to a number of positives though.

Commuters should be able to look forward to better roads in the long term and in the short term hopefully better assistance from guides on portions of roads being worked on.

It seems commuters would do well to adjust travel times and routes when using the very busy Suva-Nausori corridor.

Otherwise you certainly would have to come up with very good explanations for arriving late for appointments or to work.

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