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Flyovers hit the headlines again.
A friend drew my attention to a local blog today. Assuming that it is correct, it did serve to illuminate a problem with the flyovers that had previously bothered me. What had troubled me was that the Government’s civil engineers had apparently proposed the flyovers as a solution to the congestion problem on the ABC Highway in preference to traffic lights. Now it appears that the idea was due to Mr. Ralph Williams, not unsurprisingly if true, since the flyovers are to be made of steel and Mr. Williams owns the only sizeable steel fabricating firm in Barbados That Mr. Williams apparently sold his bill of goods to the Prime Minister, the Minister of Public Works and Transport and, apparently, the Ministry’s engineers is an extraordinary accomplishment.
It is an article of faith in highway engineering that one keeps the gradients on major highways as easy and as level as possible, with as few gradients as the topography allows. The interpolation of the steel switchbacks that are about to disfigure the landscape of Barbados is quite simply idiotic. However, we can always offer a sort of national Disneyworld as an attraction for The Honourable Noel Lynch to advertise.
Of course, that recent news that the work will eventually cost $360 million Barbados dollars is another reason to call for the heads of the PM and the Minister. The PM is an economist – can’t he look after the money? Not to mention that going up and down the flyovers will increase fuel consumption.
Traffic lights work very well when they are properly used and maintained. Mr. Williams, who is an electrical engineer as far as I know, would know this. After all, he has traveled the world and seen them working, and I am sure if they were part of his organisation he would never have allowed them to be the subject of opprobrium and contempt.