The removal of the curves has begun – More than 2.000 applications for the construction of new ones are pending

The approximately 12.000 kertomas that exist throughout Cyprus were not enough for us, more than 2.000 applications for the construction of new ones are pending before the competent Committee

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The approximately 12.000 kertomas that exist throughout Cyprus were not enough for us, more than 2.000 applications for the construction of new ones are pending before the competent Commission.

The Department of Public Works began inspecting them all over Cyprus, to see which ones need removal and which ones need repair. Already at the local level, where the responsibility lies with the local authorities, the removal of those who were either out of specification, or whose number was excessive for the needs that were placed, began.

According to information from "Φ", the beginning of the removal of the kertomas took place from the Choirokoitias - Oras road, on which there were a total of XNUMX kertomas. The residents of the communities who use this road daily have been complaining for a long time about the many bends that existed. Finally, four of the ten curves have been removed.

The same will be done with other roads that now have curves and are planned to become two lanes in each direction.

As has become clear from preliminary studies by the Department of Public Works, many arches were made for a purpose that eventually disappeared today, but they are still in place. Most are either out of specification, or have become unsuitable due to damage to the pavement.

Typical is the case of Omirou Street, a street which is parallel to RIK Avenue in Aglantzia. In this street there are more than five curves and they were installed when the Higher Technological Institute was still operating for the safety of the students. The ATI has been closed since 2011 and 12 years later the humps are still in place, worn out, unsuitable and no one is making a decision to remove them. Now the Traffic has recommended the removal of even some since the purpose of their construction has now disappeared.

As a Traffic officer told us, under no circumstances will the curbs located outside schools or in areas where pedestrians travel. But the Traffic Authority agrees that they should be removed where they are unnecessary and that they should be replaced by either a platform, or that other modern ways of stopping the speed of drivers be found.

The curious thing is that while the Minister of Transport, Communications and Works Alexis Vafeadis has decided to remove the unnecessary curves, communities and municipalities continue to submit applications for new ones, citing either the development of high speeds by drivers, or because they have carried out road reconstruction.