Saturday, January 13, 2007

road design

According to Thursday's Jordan Times 'There are no traffic jams in Abdoun or the Fourth Circle any more' says Director of Information for the GAM Taha Abu Riden. Well, he should have been there on Thursday when there was a huge traffic jam with 3 traffic police officers trying to control the circle. The traffic that is going from 4th to 5th gets backed up and blocks the circle and, of course, everyone is pushing along and would not even think of leaving a space for other cars to get through.

After praising the design and engineering of the new road from the Dead Sea to the Zara cliffs I feel extremely disappointed at the design of all the new roads round the 4th circle, Abdoun circle and beyond. The markings are appalling and so is the design of all the intersections. I just find it shocking that the GAM cannot get their act together when designing new roads. If you are going towards the 4th circle from the 5th and turn right to go over the bridge the markings on the right hand side of the road should be on the left hand side - are they such complete idiots that they cannot mark roads properly? And as for the circle beyond the Abdoun circle, it has been built where the old traffic lights were but so designed that it is extremely dangerous to get on because of the speed of the vehicles coming up the hill.

I could go on and on about road design, it is so depressing to see all the obvious mistakes being made and maddening as well. Can't the GAM buy some proper road paint and get some experts in to show them how it should be done if they are not up to the job themselves? T


Blogger Dave said...

The 4th and Abdoun Circles are an improvement, but to say that there is no traffic is a bit of an overstatement.

I don't blame the GAM entirely for the traffic; in a more orderly driving society, I believe the circles would work.

Saturday, January 13, 2007  
Blogger MommaBean said...

T, I agree! It seems like at every one of the circles you get these gummed up times. And, I love the way that the police officers hold one lane of traffic, let the next one go for 5 minutes, then the SAME LANE go again for another 5 minutes. ARRGGGH! But, after all, I do like the 4th circle sub-circle, it's so cute... Perhaps not functional, but who can argue with such astonishing silliness?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007  

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