Road construction is necessary to maintain and repair underground utilities, enhance the safety and flow of traffic, and to eliminate damaging potholes. While the results of road construction are increased safety and an improved image of a community, it can also have a negative effect on the community, especially in downtown areas.
Nevertheless, there are a large number of strategies that, local government and organizations concerned can do to deal with the effects of road construction.
Careful planning and implementation is always required to deal with the after-effects of road construction to help restore a community’s vitality and perhaps help it expand beyond previous levels. A good dose of creativity and perseverance are also useful elements.
The disruption from road construction can be lessened if there is coordination between all the parties. Sometimes the construction work can be phased so that the entire district isn’t disrupted at the same time. It might be possible to limit the number of blocks under construction at one time.
Communication is important to exchange information about work schedules, duration, rerouting of traffic, etc., address issues as they arise, and avoid major conflicts.
Since early 1990s, life and travel in the centre of Shanghai had been disrupted in various locations and at various times by construction, one after the other, of the Ring Roads, Elevated Highways and Metro Lines as well as other road widening work and infrastructure projects. However, temporary trouble can be rewarding. Although it looked like a complete disaster then, the roadwork did have the promise of becoming a welcome salvation in the years to come. When we saw these works in the city center completed, all residents felt benefits like an easing of air and noise pollution, reduced traffic chaos caused by their construction and smoother traffic flow.