Those who live on or near the reconstructed Av. Ordonez Lasso are angry about elimination of left-hand turn options of the new road design. They claim they will be forced to travel further to get to their homes and businesses.
Area residents are complaining to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) and say they hope to meet with project managers.
“Before the work, we were able to make left turns from Lasso to get home,” says resident Katty Flores. “Now, I have to drive all the way to the Av. Las Americas reondel and come back.”To cross to the other side now we have to go with the car to turn up redondel Avenue of the Americas”, they observed Katty Flores and Blanca Alvarez, two residents of the sector.
Transportation officials say they had no option in reducing the number of cuts along the roadway divider. “Since there is not space for turn lanes, when cars wait at the cuts to turn left, it backs up traffic,” says a MTOP spokesman. “During times of heavy traffic, this can cause gridlock since the other through lane cannot handle all the traffic. The purpose in eliminating the cuts is keep traffic moving.”