Ramp cement reason for blocked traffic

Reduced to one lane at the Vaimoso stretch of Vaitele Street but traffic should ease from next Monday when cement at ramps has cured.

Reduced to one lane at the Vaimoso stretch of Vaitele Street but traffic should ease from next Monday when cement at ramps has cured.

by Alan Ah Mu

APIA: THURSDAY 4 JULY 2013: The bumper to bumper crawl along a key road to Apia should end next Monday after several weeks of frustration for motorists.

Reconstruction of ramps at four pedestrian crossings along Vaitele Street has restricted traffic to one lane on both sides of the road.

“It’s planned for all work to be completed next week (Monday) because the concrete used needs to cure first before it can be used by traffic,” Land Transport Authority (LTA) says in a release.

It says the cement used for the ramps is not like asphalt which can be used soon after it has been laid.

Upset motorist have complained all week of being channelled into one lane by LTA officers at certain points when construction work stopped days ago.

Vaitele Street is the key corridor to Apia for traffic from the districts of Aiga O Le Tai, Aana and much of Tuamasaga.

Modification of ramps at pedestrian crossings at the Pesega, Vaimoso, Vaimea, Lalovaea and Malifa section of the road has blocked traffic in recent weeks.

The original ramps were built to force motorists to slow down to adjust to the road change introduced in 2009.

“The original aim has been achieved and now planned modifications are underway to free up and improve travelling time and convenience for the public,” LTA has said.

“Once complete, traffic flow will be expedited and reduce vehicle wear.”

LTA asked for patience.

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