Cuba Culture

Missing traffic signals mean chaos for Havana traffic

Posted August 19, 2004 by publisher in Cuba Culture.

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Traffic authorities have identified a number of dangerous intersections, defined as those in which three or more accidents have occurred, calling them “black spots.”

Last year, 73 accidents were reported in the city, according to the Department of Traffic Engineering of the Ministry of the Interior. The report cites the lack of proper traffic signals as one of the main causes of mishaps.

According to the report, 1,000 Stop signs, 2,000 Yield signs, and 9,000 One Way signs are urgently needed in the city.

Authorities say many signs have either been stolen or damaged beyond
usability, and there is no system of maintenance for them. Part of the problem is a dispute between city and provincial authorities as to who is
ultimately responsible for the signage.

At the forefront of the dispute is cost; signs are said to cost between 20 and 50 dollars each, a high price for an economy short on hard currency.

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