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Measures rolled out by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to help ease traffic jams came into effect on Tuesday, the third day of operation for the new Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE).
SINGAPORE: Measures rolled out by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to help ease traffic jams came into effect on Tuesday, the third day of operation for the new Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE).
This comes after drivers were caught in massive jams on the first day of the work week on Monday.
At 8am on Tuesday morning, traffic flow was no longer slow. As at half past noon, the traffic around MCE was smooth.
But those Channel NewsAsia spoke with said they are not surprised by the improvement.
They said more people tend to be on leave during this period, especially on New Year's Eve.
They also said that those who have experienced or heard of the jam would choose to avoid using the MCE.
One measure put in place by LTA is expanding the number of lanes along Central Boulevard, so that drivers going into Shenton Way can now use four lanes, instead of two.
The stretch used to be a two-lane road, with oncoming traffic from the other lanes.
LTA said this will be a permanent arrangement and will help make travel to Shenton Way smoother.
Another measure put in place was more temporary road signs, to help drivers with directions.
One motorist said: "I thought the signages were okay. I mean, it's a new road, so everyone was driving pretty cautiously and looking at the signs. “
LTA said it will continue deploying traffic wardens to help direct motorists, and it expects the situation to stabilise over time as drivers get used to the new roads.