Stuck in a traffic jam, I realised that one side of the road was completely blocked. Across the divider, it was almost empty. Which got me thinking. Traffic flows one way in the morning. And the other in the evenings. Effectively, only one side of the road is being utilised at any point in time. How is this an effective way to deal with traffic flow? Isn’t there an obvious solution? Or is it simply that people measure traffic flow and patterns but do not factor in the timing of the traffic jams as well. In most cases when roads get crowded, the first solution adopted is to reroute traffic or convert it into one way traffic. It’s all or nothing.
We ought to rethink road dividers. That’s the fixed point which should become a variable. Think about it. If we could move road dividers according to the way the traffic flows, we would have increased road utilisation by another 50 percent at least. Open the road 75 percent to traffic flow one way in the morning. And exactly the opposite during the evening. It has to be a process that is automatically controlled.
It would also mean that we have to change the way we build our roads. Not put dividers in the middle but be able to move it at will. Have controls for not just traffic signs but smart monitoring and movable dividers. Fewer flyovers will need to be built if we simply put our roads to better use.