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I Got in Lane

follow up to the Get In Lane post…

so I make a few passes by the FlyOver and OverPass, Churchill-Roosevelt/Uriah-Butler Highway Interchange (CRUBi), that were opened to the public on 01MAY2009.. and made my observations… Nasty Little Truths pointed out earlier that the size of the SHOULDER on the FlyOver is like a whole other Lane… a TAXI Lane… I saw that there were also NO Stopping/Waiting but that didn’t stop people from doing just that… I guess they were experiencing an emergency, being 50 meters up in the air and all… PM PM was himself guilty…

Earlier in the week I visited Grand Bazaar and was alarmed at how close the EXIT, from the Highway, is after crossing the Traffic Lights… If you are not in the LEFT most lane you would definitely be giving someone a BAD Drive to get to it… On approaching the Junction to go either into Grand Bazaar or one of the Bamboos there are signs… so if yuh cyar read ensure that you have a literate person with you… to get to Bamboo #3 is fairly easy just keep kinda straight… or LEFT which ever way you read it… You have to take the OverPass to get to Bamboo #1.

now when you on the Bamboo OverPass remember that it is a DUAL-Carriage-way… no signage showing you this… the Road arrows are too FEW… then when you reach atop the OverPass Keep in the LEFT Lane if you going Bamboo #1… if you heading WEST go into the MIDDLE Lane… I didn’t see any sign telling me this.. if yuh watch d vid yuh go see the swerve… now exiting that RAMP heading WEST kinda DANGEROUS… the merge lane real short and you really doh have much time to see the cars coming from SOUTH… and we know the ‘numbers’ that Trini Drivers does be doing on the Uriah-Butler Highway… d vid have a van/3Ton nearly swiping me and also when I passed by a car exiting the RAMP practically stopped to check the traffic…

the interchange eh finish and I believe is only a RAMP for NORTH bound Traffic that want to reach Grand Bazaar/Bamboo #3 that needs to be completed… currently peeps have to drive through Bamboo #1 and then use the OverPass… there was ample signage coming from SOUTH to let you know this… even tho the Traffic Lights signage no longer necessary…

so the Project nearing completion… months late and probably WAAAAY OVER Budget… so when you come Trini or finally drive past the Lighthouse yuh cyar say yuh eh know where to go…

I wonder what the Road-Sellers have to say about the South Bound Traffic now bypassing them?

  1. nastylittletruths
    2 May, 2009 at 0:26

    I understood the purpose of the two lanes and not three as I went over the ramp. There is hardly place for two lanes of traffic when you reach the end and merging with the south bound traffic coming from Mt.Hope and Curepe. Those guys had three lanes before and now down to one! That is pressure…

    Plus the shoulder is wide enough for the ‘tourists’ to stop and enjoy the view 🙂 Typical driving, I saw broken glass on the carriageway this evening so there was already a little incident.

    Nice work. And yeah, that 3 ton was really too close for comfort.

    • 2 May, 2009 at 6:08

      yeah that 3 lanes merge to 1 kinda freaked me out… I still have questions about the planning/design…

    • Jay
      8 May, 2009 at 2:14

      Like the vid. I haven’t ventured on it yet so I can’t say how the drive is. But I just wanted to clarify that the interchange is nowhere near finished. As you said they still have to complete the ramp for drivers heading north who want to go to Grand Bazaar. But that’s just to complete Phase 2.

      Phase 3 involves elevating the UBH over the CRH. They also are going to constructa bridge similar to the Bamboo bridge over the CRH to connect Grand Bazaar to Nestle. And then roundabouts and connector roads for the rest of the local traffic. When it’s all said and done there’ll be no lights at the intersection and traffic would be completely free flowing.

      And some of the current inconveniences are just temporary, like the current entrance to Grand Bazaar (the one that you might give poeple bad drive for if you not in the extreme left). That is not part of the final design.

      • 8 May, 2009 at 9:07

        thanks for the more detailed info Jay

        • Jay
          9 May, 2009 at 18:17

          No scene. Honestly it still surprises me how much ppl don’t know about the project. I think it has to do with the total lack of info the ministry provides. I just went up on Nidco website and it has virtually nothing (imagine in the news section they haven’t even said the second phase has opened).

          Oh yeah, and the reason the bridge is so wide is to make a third lane in the future if the traffic volume increases enough.

  2. 2 May, 2009 at 2:52

    Nice vid… I like the soundtrack.

    They actually name the place ‘Bamboo’ now?

    • 2 May, 2009 at 6:05

      in 20+ years I’ve always know that area as Bamboo… FYI Bamboo #2 is opposite the Cirpiani Labour College and WEST of Valsayn South… thats where IBNTV8 broadcasts from

      • Jumbie
        2 May, 2009 at 6:29

        Yeah, but ‘Bamboo’ was a nickname…

        • 2 May, 2009 at 13:41

          thats news to me… please inform us of the original name… cause Is BAMBOO everybody does still go for Car Parts 😉

  3. 1mauvaislangue
    2 May, 2009 at 11:28

    Bandi you need to take over ministry of works, infrastructure, don’t know the name but they way you describe that flyover I aint to sure if I want to venture on it…facing the traffic sounds much better than taking the chance going over that flyover….So who the hell does be in charge when they planning these huge projects…like they only have tunnel vision….they don’t think outside the box and use stimulated scenarios..

    And echoing the same as Jumbie…why Bamboo, no offence to the ppl living there but the name don’t sound to kosher, could they not give it a proper name with all this 20/20 vision?

    • 2 May, 2009 at 13:52

      I doh need to be the MOWT Man… The interchange isnt all that difficult to drive through and is less complex than the San Fernando By Pass Spaghetti that was constructed some years ago… my main problem is with the Bamboo Exit Ramp… and then lack of signage on the Ramp itself…

  4. nastylittletruths
    2 May, 2009 at 23:46

    This is what I know: Bamboo No.1 is west of Grand Bazaar and the UB Highway – or the south western block of the intersection. Bamboo No. 2 is as Bandi said – opposite the Labour College and at one time used to be called ‘Fishing Pond’ Bamboo. Bamboo No.3 is at the back of Grand Bazaar or the south eastern block of the intersection and, unfortunately, had the name ‘Jackass Village’… Ask any of the 50+ old people there…

  5. Thirty Pounds
    3 May, 2009 at 19:17

    Hi, good post. I have been pondering this topic,so thanks for sharing. I will definitely be coming back to your site.

  6. 4 May, 2009 at 21:15

    The Ministry of Works should use this video on TV – it is excellent. Nice music and good suspension. Not bad driving either. I am going to do my own test tomorrow and will see how good and bad it really is.

    • 4 May, 2009 at 22:11

      music is the Everyday Riddim by Adonai Music
      video was recorded with a SONY CyberShot mounted upside down on the windshield… righted in POST production

      and why u giving the MOWT ideas to tief meh vid 😉 thanks

  1. 1 May, 2009 at 21:20
  2. 2 May, 2009 at 12:51

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