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City traffic woes ease
The traffic woes first experienced with the introduction of Port-of-Spain’s new traffic plan have eased considerably. Yesterday, when a news team from the T&T Guardian drove on Tragarete Road, a route known for its afternoon congestion, traffic flow had improved as compared to earlier this week. Around 5 pm, traffic wardens were standing at every major intersection to direct confused drivers in accordance with new regulations. Several drivers, who spoke briefly with the T&T Guardian as they made their way home, said they were pleased with the traffic plan but complained some other drivers were not aware of the changes. One driver pointed out the new plan would be truly tested when the new school term opens in September. The controversial plan was implemented on Monday by the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
Police have placed barriers at the Roxy Roundabout, which have effectively stopped it functioning as a roundabout. Drivers heading east cannot turn south onto Damian Street, Woodbrook, while drivers heading west are barred from using the roundabout to reach St Clair Avenue. The addition now allows the free flow of traffic on both lanes of Tragarete Road. The T&T Guardian was told yesterday’s latest adjustment to the plan was in response to difficulties experienced by drivers at the roundabout earlier this week. Police at the roundabout were unable to say if the restrictions were to be a permanent fixture or a temporary experiment. Traffic lights are expected to be installed at the roundabout next week.
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