New road to improve traffic flow in capital
6 July 2011
The Ministry of Public Infrastructure, National Development Unit, Land Transport and Shipping aims to improve the flow of vehicles to the capital through a traffic decongestion programme.
This is modeled primarily on the expansion of the highway between Phoenix and Port Louis.
The Road Development Authority (RDA) plans to invest Rs 600 million to decongest traffic by 2012. This is mainly to link Pont Fer to St Jean, from St Jean to Pont Colville Deverell and to Caudan Waterfront through a third way.
RDA officials are currently working on the optimal use of this route. The possibility of the new road being made available to buses or trucks is under consideration. According to the RDA, as many as 3,000 to 4,000 vehicles make the Phoenix-Port Louis journey per hour every day. With the new road, the number of vehicles converging to the capital during rush hour will increase from 4,500 to 5,000 per hour.
As soon as the Caudan flyover is completed, the third way will be connected. Road works are between Pont Fer to Shoprite are already underway and are in fact nearing completion, despite the difficulties in acquiring land.