Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Richmond and Residency Road to be one-ways

Richmond, Residency will be one-ways
New Indian Express

The Traffic police is seriously considering converting Residency and Richmond Roads into one-ways as congestion on these roads has reached its peak.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Chandrashekhar told this website’s newspaper that modalities of introducing the one-way system on these roads were being worked out. Traffic, on both these roads, has increased exponentially in recent years.

Most of the Residency Road traffic jams are caused during school timings when parents, guardians and drivers who come to either pick up or drop their wards to school, park their vehicles on the road in front of the two Bishop Cotton schools. On Richmond Road, the bottleneck is before the Baldwin Girls’ School.

That apart, these roads are too narrow to support two-way traffic, given the present volume. While movement of traffic would be allowed from Richmond Circle towards Opera Junction on Residency Road, vehicles on Richmond Road would be allowed only from Vallera Junction towards Richmond Circle. As a result, traffic would be realigned atop the Richmond Circle flyover, which will be two-way.

While movement of traffic would remain unchanged from the approach ramps on K.H. Road and Mission Road, there will be changes in the flow on the down ramp. Flow in the direction of Residency Road will remain unchanged, the down ramp on Richmond Road will be reversed to accommodate the new one-way.

It may be recalled that former city police commissioner H T Sangliana had recommended that the Richmond Circle flyover be made two-way. However, the police are still working on ironing out the new system.


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