What an exciting start to 2014 with the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) in its 4th day of operations! We saw a major crawl of traffic coming from East Coast Parkway (ECP) into the city on Monday 30 December ... Apparently many motorists forgot or did not realize that the ECP no longer connects to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE) and they missed turning left to join the MCE and ended up with traffic bound for the Central Business District. LTA added two more lanes for Central Boulevard and more directional signs to ease the traffic snarls.
I am surprised that the communication for the change management was not extensive eg. there is no printed flyers distributed at petrol stations near the two affected expressways and the remediation of diverting absent-minded west-bound motorists missing the MCE was not planned for (temporary u-turn at the termination of the ECP could have been setup).
I have only made one post in 2013 and hereby apologize to my blog visitors for the tardiness. My 2014 New Year resolution is to make weekly posts to the blog. Well, let's see if I can fulfill the resolution. Stay tuned.
[4 January 2014] LTA has gotten its traffic advisory into the local papers daily since 2 January. I don't think we will see a repeat of the bottlenecks on Monday 6 January as the recent media reports have got the message through to most motorists.