In lieu of the increasingly congestion in inhabitable spaces on this land scarce island, human traffic, public commute, increased number of vehicles on the roads have all of a sudden, become a pressing concern for the relevant authorities to juggle. While more tunnels are dug, widening of highways & roads are starting to take place, the pace at which these remedies are implemented is significantly slow.
Is it a design failure or myopic town planning process? Perhaps, it is a bit of both. Under most circumstances, regardless advanced or developing countries, the decision & policy makers are expected to map out the short, mid & long term goals of any organization, premise, town, city, or country. With proper objectives set in place way in advance, the schematics of plans to design infrastructures can then be sorted out respectively, again, with short, mid, long term milestones that chart the course towards achieving the targets.
Failure to see beyond the immediate future, would in time translate into complications when diversions need to be established, in order for amendments & replacements can be implemented.
It’s not uncommon that when the roads becoming more congested, all it takes is for 1 simple incident; accident, fallen tree or vehicle breakdown, resulting in massive traffic jams where the tail ends begins at the slip-roads that lead to the highways.
Bottle necking of traffic upon exit from expressways is 1 classic example of the mis-management of road infrastructure. Before roads, can be widened, sidewalks & pedestrian paths need to be diverted, drainage & sewage to be re-aligned, buried cabling network to be amended, before commencement of hacking & removing debris, after which, concrete laying followed by tarmac, and painting of lanes. Further to add, re-location of street posts, signs & street lamps.
Conversely, the practice in most other advanced & developing countries contrasts with this island’s to some extent. Land grids & planning are proposed, amenities lines are layered on the blue prints, feasibility tests to stretch the limits of the plans, before physical construction takes place.
Further to add, the infrastructures at times are built to over accommodate the contemporary needs, leaving adequate buffer for future amendments & additions to the existing setup. While care & consideration is taken into equation to minimize inconveniences, so that works can be convened with adequate risk management, putting safety as priority.
Given the circumstance, we need more lateral process thinkers to do the thinking, instead of bookworms who know little or nothing of the implications in linear process thinking.