Opening bypass roads does not help with traffic congestion

Letter to the Editor: Recently I heard a minister talking about implementing a system to encourage drivers to use secondary roads during busy periods. This is ridiculous. The issue with drivers using secondary roads in St. Lucia is that they are not used all the way to the final destination but instead are used as a quick means of bypassing a traffic jam only for a yards before returning to that same traffic jam. A good example is those drivers (including bus drivers who are legally obliged to stay on the main roads)  who leave the highway near Computer World in Bois Orange and then rejoin at the Marisule gap that leads to Windward Island Gases. Such a move further exacerbates the situation since drivers who stayed on the highway constantly need to stop to give those selfish drivers space to rejoin the highway .

It has been announced that the Bois D’Orange bypass will be reopened soon to the motoring public. This makes no sense at all since it will lead to the same problem which was mentioned above in which drivers will now leave the highway at an earlier point and rejoin the traffic at the Windward Island Gases Marisule gap.

What we need along that stretch is traffic cops managing the traffic at that Marisule gap as well as the Grande Riviere gap. It might also be wise to restrict vehicles coming from the direction of Castries from entering Glace Motors between the hours of 7am and 9am.

My suggestions are simple but will surely be of more benefit than to reopen the Bois D’Orange bypass. In fact, that Bois D’Orange bypass should be left as it is and only be opened in emergencies when there is an accident in that area.

Concerned citizen.


  1. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 3:47 pm


  2. Real Talk
    April 13, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Who ever wrote this article is one who thinks short term. In a country where the only viable industry cannot pay half of our monthly debt. Should I go on with the rest?

    There is no quick fix to any problem. For now the feeder roads are helping. Let us build on creating employment and improving agriculture. The list goes on,

    Police will not solve the problem. Illiteracy is a killer.

    1. Whatever...
      April 14, 2017 at 10:30 am

      What an assinine response. What agriculture is the Marisule feeder road helping??

  3. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Hell no to traffic cops. They make the situation worst.

  4. wow
    April 14, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Um, well I am not sure if the minister said it would stop congestion. What’s ridiculous is to think that we can stop traffic congestion during the peak hours. Every single country in the world in the main roads towards the city has traffic jams at peak hours. The opening of the Bois d Orange by pass and rehabilitation of the Corinth By Pass means you have an option to get to Castries without travelling the entire highway. That’s all. What is so wrong with giving drivers options. Also to those who live in the Corinth -Grande Riviere area they can enter the by pass and remove themselves form the traffic all the way to the Marisule Gap. What is ridicoulous about that writer. Think big and not myopic. Not everybody wants to rush to Castries.

  5. OneTed
    April 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

    A series of roundabouts are need at key intersections: Marisle to corinth, by computer area, baywalk mall intersection .. at least. Drivers may need drive, go round the round about and double back… and not stop to try and cross when another has to hold up traffic to allow someone to pass…. just an idea.

  6. Lewis Paul
    April 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

    No right turn IN or OUT of Glass Motors….roundabout at Marisule Junction. There is space on the left and right south of the junction, buyout the beautiful homes on the left north bound from former Suzuki Motors to create space for north bound traffic lanes. This can be done with future road works in mind.

  7. Lewis Paul
    April 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

    No right turns In and Out of Glass Motors. Build a roundabout at Marisule junction, there is space on the left south of the junction for South bound lanes. Buyout the beautiful homes on the left from former Sunset Motors to the junction to create space for North bound traffic lanes. Provisions need to be made for future road development. With proper planning and site management the entire layout of the roundabout can take shape in weekends work.

  8. Luciam
    April 14, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Do you know that the government has to pay rent for this bypass..

  9. true talks
    April 14, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    4 lane highways are needed, continue the work of the last administration please

  10. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    We need bigger roads smh

    1. Anonymous
      April 14, 2017 at 8:54 pm

      WE need better drivers.

  11. Anonymous
    April 14, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Wow. The solution to the problem is very simple. There are to many vehicles entering the country. The revenue that the government generates from the importation of vehicles is obviously inadequate to accommodate them on the roads. Hence, there should be a temporary ban on the importation of vehicles. The hours of traffic are increasing every day. Very soon soon it will take one less time to walk to Gros Islet from castries than to drive or take the bus. Be patient and you will see.

    1. JayR
      April 15, 2017 at 2:19 am

      I agree!

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