Possible risk for school children – Road dividers

Before I tell you what is the risk for school children you need to know about the Road dividers (Grade separator Project which is currently happening on NH-45)
this project is happening between Koyambedu till Kathipara junction which I have noticed the grade separation could be far more, and this is the route I take to my office at velachery.

Place: A larger view of the hoarding at koyambedu
Now to the school children, Vidyaniketan matriculation school near Ashok Pillar
Place: Vidyaniketan Matriculation school, photo taken before the grade separation work. (currently completed)

Office goers, the on going traffic
School children and their parents trying to cross the road
Jaywalkers who don’t care for themselves and others
Some photos taken at random at the location of Vidyaniketan school
People Crossing
Crossing road
Crossing road
Jaywalkers attempt to cross the grade separation
Not a correct solution for the road
Temporary solution
Enlarged View
Road passage as Temporary solution
Full View
Road passage as Temporary solution
Road passage as Temporary solution, traffic waits
Possible risk for ongoing traffic
Ongoing traffic moves on an average speed of 40 KMPH with some times no cops to facilitate the traffic, people who want to cross the road take charge and create great difficulty for the ongoing traffic

Why do the ongoing traffic need to wait, if there is no signals in the first place

Who is to be blamed?

The central government who brought us this good project who are helping us to reduce number of accidents

The state governments who don’t provide enough signal boards or provide footover bridges or subways

or the common man who is ignorant of his rights, would not worry about his own life and put others in risk to cross the road.

If Railways could provide Footover bridges, why can’t roadways
Ideal solution
this could be the long term solution.

7 Comments so far

  1. MARUTHU PANDIAN (unregistered) on January 3rd, 2007 @ 7:20 pm

    “If Railways could provide Footover bridges, why can’t roadways”

    Though it sounds positive. I am not sure it can be done as a universal approach over the roads in a city like chennai, for its cost, space & usage.

    During construction time, some of the following policies could have been adapted

    1. Diverting heavy vehicles including cars to alternate routes
    2. Performing construction works during non-peak hours
    3. Posting Traffic Volunteers in school zones during peak hours.

    I am sure David A. may love this concern of yours. Excellent pictures.

  2. vinodvv (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    Hi Maruthu
    Thanks for the comment, just look at my new post http://chennai.metblogs.com/archives/2007/01/is_chennai_an_unplanned_city.phtml
    where I have more solutions

  3. dhanam (unregistered) on January 4th, 2007 @ 2:16 pm

    I think the government can think of converting almost all zebra crossing to footover bridges. By this no one crosses on the middle of the road. Traffic rules to be rigid to the extend that deviation should be viewed very seiously.

  4. AB (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 10:59 am

    Dude…just stick with pedestrian crossing. Your solution is just not feasible in India, how long did you ‘think’ about it?

  5. vinodvv (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 5:26 pm

    Why can’t this thing happen in chennai?
    Consider how many hoardings are there in chennai, do you know how much it takes to put up the hoarding and how much revenue they make in a month (what the agency pays for the ads)

    if all the hoarding come down to make foot over bridges or subways and they all can have their hoarding up on the foot over ones and digital displays on the subways. Believe me it is one hell of a money for the government as well as the agencies

    there are two foot over bridges I have seen
    1) one right near the Egmore Don Bosco school
    2) one at Nugambakkam near Ganpat hotel

    in spite of foot over bridges people still cross the road, can’t there be a law which says
    “No insurance if you are run over in the middle of road”
    “No case against the one who hits the pedestrian while he was crossing the road”

    Use the Zebra crossing or the Subways or foot over bridges

    Public – Private – Government three legs of a society which needs to co-exist

    There will be one day when there are lots and lots of vehicles and more and more accidents happen

    This is bound to happen.

  6. AB (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 5:22 am

    OK..can you please suggest or post pictures of any city in the world that has this implemented. Its simple. Cross roads on the pedestrian crossing. There needs to be one at every junction, thats the only requirement. Of course enforce fines for jaywalking as many cities and even small towns around the world have done that. But building bridges to cross roads just doesn’t make sense.

  7. Planemad (unregistered) on January 8th, 2007 @ 4:58 pm

    A foot over bridge is irrational as it is only a 2+2 lane road. No ones going to take the trouble of climbing all those stairs when you can make a straight dash. Even here in dubai FOB are very rare and only on highways (5+5 lane), a zebra crossing is more than sufficient.

    Plus the grade seperator is not to take the blame. A grade seperator is nothing but an interchange flyover instead of a 4 way junction.

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