My roundabout Christmas wish

All I want for Christmas 2013 is for a roundabout to be constructed at the intersection of the Eastern Main Road and Uriah Butler Highway.

If you are fortunate enough to have to drive along the Eastern Main Road, past Mount Lambert to Champs Fleurs and beyond, between 3.30 p.m. and 5.30 p.m., you will experience the snail-paced traffic, especially if the motorbike policeman is not there. Conversely, in the morning there is snail paced traffic going in the other direction; the traffic lights on the Priority Bus Route being the major cause of the bottleneck.

There is also a lot more traffic at 2 p.m. when there is a shift change at Carib and Lever Brothers. Is there a reason why Carib does not allow vehicles exiting their compound to leave from the southern side of their property? If vehicles exiting Carib did so, there will be less traffic on the Eastern Main Road in that vicinity.

Construction of a large roundabout at the intersection of the Eastern Main Road and Uriah Butler Highway will allow traffic moving in all directions to continuously do so without traffic lights. Land in this instance is not a problem. The price will probably be in the range of $15-$20 million, but the savings per year will far outweigh the cost.

If construction starts in the first quarter of 2013, we can all enjoy the roundabout for Christmas 2013.

Claude Phillip

via e-mail

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