Traffic lights will soon return on the main roads of Pointe-à-Pitre

Traffic lights will soon return on the main roads of Pointe-à-Pitre
Traffic lights will soon return on the main roads of Pointe-à-Pitre

Since 2015, they had almost disappeared from the urban landscape of Pointe-à-Pitre but the traffic lights will soon be activated again at eight intersections.

Boulevard du Général de Gaulle, the Carrefour du Port, the Carrefour du quai Lefebvre, the Carrefour Frébault, the Carrefour Hincelin, the Carrefour de Nozières, the Carrefour Mortenol and the Carrefour Vatable.

Work to rehabilitate the Tricolor Light Signaling will begin and should be completed next September.

An operation which should be completed in September.

The explanations of Sébastien Manlius, Director of Territorial Development of Pointe-à-Pitre :

These intersections were already equipped with three-color traffic lights. These have been at a standstill since 2015, given the difficulties that the city has experienced and gone through, and therefore lack of maintenance, lack of repair following accidents, for example. It was important to be able to make traffic flow again and, above all, to calm it down, to regulate it and to limit accidents on the city’s main roads. We will now have to get used to respecting the three-color light signals and therefore stopping at the red light and switching to green, which will also allow pedestrians to be able to cross in complete safety.

While acts of violence are increasing in the department and particularly in Pointe à Pitre where a curfew has been established for minors, does this rehabilitation not represent a risk for road users who would find themselves stranded at the red light, at the mercy of potential robbers?

Sébastien Manlius recalls that solutions had already been found to avoid these deleterious effects:

If you remember how it worked before, from a certain time, the lights were flashing orange. This was precisely one of the reasons which led to this operation. It was to limit stops in the evening, precisely because of the insecurity problems that the city had experienced and which are unfortunately reappearing

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