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Thread: Friday pm traffic in and out of Sosua

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    Default Friday pm traffic in and out of Sosua

    Been a while since I have been in a two hours traffic jam coming into Sosua from P.P.
    Ambulances going out. See lots of police on motos. You think it is at the very least a bus accident.
    Cars and motos go nuts, passing on the left and right, some at high speed.
    Finally we get there. Its one small truck with asphalt and three guys taking turns shoveling.
    They were "patching the road".
    That is great but not at 5 pm rush hour.
    I love and appreciate fixing the roads. Do not stop.
    One poor cop was overwhelmed with the drivers going everywhere. i felt sorry for him as he sprinted around trying to direct cars and the ditch would fill up with drivers on the right, away from the poor guy.
    He clearly missed the how to direct traffic class in school. It was brutal being all by himself.
    We were early victims. It got worse after us. Gridlock.
    Sosua needs some sort of training in how to deal effectively with traffic. My little city has outgrown itself.

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    It seems any day of the week anymore, if you're coming into Sosua from the west after about 3 pm, the traffic gets backed up really bad at the light at Playero. Serveral light cycles to get through. It needs to be four-laned through Sosua, if possible. It's getting worse all the time.

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    The traffic in Sosua has gotten terrible in the past 4 years. The only day which is quiet is Sunday, otherwise it's heavy traffic all day long.

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    Here's my theory for the traffic uptick...ever since the highway widening project in POP to Navarete there has been an increase do to POP to Santiago travelers opting for the Moca Rd to Santiago in lieu of the dustbowl slow journey via Rt#5 west.

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    Traffic would be a lot easier if people could be educated on how to be patient and wait in one line as opposed to overtaking both on the inside and even the outside. I hate sitting in a queue coming into Sosua and all the taxis and guaguas all overtake on the inside thus creating another queue on the inside and they are all pushing to get back on the road. But we all know this is a lost cause trying to educate them. The same goes for the new stop light at La Pola...pull out there at your own risk as the amount of people that do not stop at that light is astonishing. I pull out of there every day and if I did a montage of my dash cam videos of the amount of close calls I have had there it would demonstrate how damn dangerous it is. That crossing needed a stop light, but it also needs drivers to respect to traffic laws. If traffic fines were increased dramatically then perhaps this would be a deterrent but then again you would probably see Amet (can't remember their new initials!) handing out fines like there is no tomorrow. Driving in the DR is the countries downfall, but there are so many good reasons as to why I live here and traffic is just one of the few complaints I have!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cavok View Post
    It seems any day of the week anymore, if you're coming into Sosua from the west after about 3 pm, the traffic gets backed up really bad at the light at Playero. Serveral light cycles to get through. It needs to be four-laned through Sosua, if possible. It's getting worse all the time.
    The A-Hole taxi drivers make it two lanes driving in the dirt coming into Sosua until they reach the ditch near Playero where they then force their way back into the line.
    I wish I had an old beat up pickup with big bumper guards to crease some taxi's fenders.

    And the Toyota Hiace Drivers should all be arrested for putting people's lives at risk - where do they find those inbreds ? They must put up employment ads like "Wanted Driver for a public Toyota Hiace with a brain smaller than an Orangutan, 3rd grade education maximum and must have previous arrests for beating your mother and public exposure".

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    Quote Originally Posted by tee View Post
    Traffic would be a lot easier if people could be educated on how to be patient and wait in one line as opposed to overtaking both on the inside and even the outside. I hate sitting in a queue coming into Sosua and all the taxis and guaguas all overtake on the inside thus creating another queue on the inside and they are all pushing to get back on the road. But we all know this is a lost cause trying to educate them. The same goes for the new stop light at La Pola...pull out there at your own risk as the amount of people that do not stop at that light is astonishing. I pull out of there every day and if I did a montage of my dash cam videos of the amount of close calls I have had there it would demonstrate how damn dangerous it is. That crossing needed a stop light, but it also needs drivers to respect to traffic laws. If traffic fines were increased dramatically then perhaps this would be a deterrent but then again you would probably see Amet (can't remember their new initials!) handing out fines like there is no tomorrow. Driving in the DR is the countries downfall, but there are so many good reasons as to why I live here and traffic is just one of the few complaints I have!
    You can't educate a walnut

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    Quote Originally Posted by chico bill View Post
    You can't educate a walnut
    Yep. Some folks could screw up an anvil.

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    Lots of problems with the Playero intersection. The timing for the light is static so it does not change to reflect the flow of traffic at different time of the day. Lots of people ignore the light anyway and of course the other issues people have already mentioned regarding patience, etiquette etc. .

    Taxis and guaguas stop just past the light in front of Playero and in the other direction in front of Western Union, causing slow downs getting through the intersection. Hwy 5 remains the only way to get from from anywhere to anywhere so 100% of the traffic is funneled through that choke point.

    Traffic light at Pola, what light? I hadn't been east of Sosua for quite a while and on the day that I did go that far, I blew through the new traffic light. I did not know it had been installed, it sits too high to be clearly visible to drivers, there are no sun protectors on the light so at specific times it is hard to see what light is illuminated. That intersection could have had better signage to announce the present of a new traffic control measure. Now that I know it is there, it's obvious, but for those who don't know and are keenly attuned to cross traffic from Pola, it's still easy to miss. The light is more noticeable when coming from the east into Sosua.

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    I think it's down to economics. When I first arrived here, cars were really expensive, even the rusty old bangers.

    Now we've had an influx of cheap Korean cars and there are finance companies willing to give loans on a silver Sonata for 50 pesos a month for the rest of yours and your children's lives, or an orange one for 45 pesos a month. So now your average uneducated Jose has sold his Moto and bought a car, but drives it like he used to drive his Moto.

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