The new traffic plan for the capital city was not perfect but was "extremely healthy" says Port of Spain Mayor Louis Lee Sing.
Yesterday, the traffic plan which included making major roadways such as Aripiata Avenue, Tragarete Road and Western Main Road one-way for traffic went into effect.
Lee Sing, following a meeting with Local Government Minister Suruj Rambachan at Kent House, Maraval, told the media he was on the roads since 6.30 a.m. monitoring the flow of traffic and the feedback was positive.
"As I sit here this afternoon, I am getting different stories but I can only go by what I saw," said Lee Sing.
"Our reports are good reports, there are some teething problems ... because at the St James Barracks we still had a two-way flow of traffic to accommodate people coming off Long Circular and going into St Clair and that was a little slow," said Lee Sing.
He said traffic at the Roxy roundabout was also slow because of a "conflict point" with traffic between Mucurapo Road and Damian Street.
"We believe that a flashing light there will help to alleviate some of the challenges. In fact I proposed a crazy suggestion to the Ministry of Works this morning that why not consider putting a very small roundabout so that will lend itself to a flow of traffic consistently. I was told that if there's space to put the roundabout, that will happen, I have seen roundabouts in the Eastern Caribbean no more than four feet," said Lee Sing.
"I am not saying it was a perfect start but it was an extremely healthy start because the pedestrians and motorists that we polled at strategic points, the corner of Aripiata and Colville for example, they were saying to us ... fantastic, good going!" he said.
"One person told me he normally takes half an hour to come from Diego Martin, he took five minutes. We are optimistic that as we proceed and correct things, by the time school reopens we'll be in a much better position in terms of all the arrangements," Lee Sing added.
Rambachan said he too tried out the new traffic routes and made it to his office faster.
He said it was easy driving from Wrightson Road into Colville Street and then onto Tragarete Road.
Rambachan suggested to Lee Sing that the traffic lights at the corner of Tragarete Road and Colville Street be adjusted to turn at quicker intervals to avoid the backup of traffic.
There was a heavy presence of traffic warders throughout the city and most drivers followed the plan.
However, just after 3 p.m. two drivers were seen speeding on Aripiata Avenue heading west when the new plan specified that all traffic on that route must flow east.