Redefining the 4 lanes of the motorway during peak time
Since the 3 weeks that the office has been relocated to Ebene, the extra kilometers sometimes turn into some source of inspiration for blog posts.
For instance, we all know that the motorway from Pailles to Ebene is a 4-lanes one, each for a specific purpose :
Emergency Lane, Crawler Lane, normal lane and the Fast lane.
And during peak time, this fast lane (a.k.a La troisieme voie) is used to vehiculate traffic from Ebene to Port Louis. That leaves you with 3 + 1 lanes :
Now, picture this :
- A heavy vehicle running at full engine while being on the crawler lane.
- A bus needs to take over and moves to the normal lane
- Now, both crawler and normal lanes will be moving slowly until the bus succeeds in overtaking the heavy lorry.
- With these 2 lanes moving nearly at a tortoise’s pace, other vehicles now use the emergency lane.
And that’s how we land up with the following layout :
And in real life, you get shots like this :
And the same thing happens when the normal lane is at a stop. Other vehicles then switch to the emergency one.
That’s how we drive in Mauritius.
Be alert and drive carefully.
btw, there’s the monthly game of “Guess Where“ going on. If you want to take up that challenge, try to guess where the 2 pics have been taken. Results to be proclaimed on Monday 19th August 2011. Check it out!