Thursday, September 21, 2017

YCDC road widening to continue

Some relief is in sight for commuters, as Yangon City Development Committee carries out plans to widen major roads throughout the city.

A YCDC backhoe digs up the shoulder of Inya Road March 1, 2013 as part of efforts to widen the road. (Aung Htay Hlaing /The Myanmar Times)A YCDC backhoe digs up the shoulder of Inya Road March 1, 2013 as part of efforts to widen the road. (Aung Htay Hlaing /The Myanmar Times)

The road-widening, which began last August, is scheduled for completion by the end of March. But more work could be done in the next year, which starts in April.

Road engineers hope the works could reduce congestion by 30 percent or more.

U Tin Tun Oo, executive engineer of YCDC roads and bridges department, said the K500 million project was proceeding along Bogyoke, Kannar, Merchant, Bo Aung Kyaw, Upper Kyeemyindaing, Than Thu Mar, Waizayantar, Bamhu Ba Htoo and Lower Mingalardon Roads.

Another aim of the road-widening is to improve traffic safety, said U Tin Tun Oo. “By increasing parking space we hope to ease traffic congestion, especially downtown,” he said.

“The widening program will continue, depending on budget for the next financial year,” he said. “We hope the widening of the roads can reduce congestion by 30-40pc,” he added.

YCDC’s road widening budget for the 2013-14 financial year for Kannar Road is K1 billion, but no funding decision for other townships has yet been taken, he said.

Ko Tin Maung Lwin, 36, is in charge of the 40 labourers working on the road widening project at Inya Road, Kamaryut township.

“By mid March we will widen the road from 36 feet to 48 feet, with six-lane vehicle access, between Pyay Road and the University Avenue Road junction, a total of 4500 feet.

He said one result of the work would be enhanced pedestrian safety.

“There is a four-foot wide walkway for pedestrian access,” he said, adding that the widening should help ease all-day congestion on Inya Road.

A 40-year-old shopkeeper on Inya Road said widening would improve traffic flow.

“Wider access should ease congestion. Parking space is limited, so adding more will help, I hope,” he said.

Ma Nang Hom Kgauk, 44, who lives at Waizayantar Road in South Okkalapa township, said: “The road widening will bring many advantages in communication and living standards, as well as on property values. But the upgrading has raised the road by 6 inches above its old level, and we’re a bit concerned about flooding in the rainy season.”