In an effort to enhance traffic flow, a traffic signal near the Alagesan Road junction on Mettupalayam Road in Coimbatore has been replaced with a U-turn. The road safety committee, along with officials from the highways and police department, made this decision to address traffic concerns.
This move is part of a broader initiative to replace traffic signals with U-turns and roundabouts on various roads to alleviate congestion. The Brooke Bond Road and Lawley Road junctions previously underwent this transformation, receiving positive feedback from residents frustrated with mounting traffic issues.
Following these successes, the road safety committee proposed extending this approach to other parts of the city. Given that Mettupalayam Road (NH 181) is among the busiest in the city, officials removed two traffic signals near the Saibaba Colony junction last year, implementing the U-turn system after TNIE highlighted the challenges faced by motorists.
Building on these efforts, officials have now removed the traffic signal near the Alagesan Road junction, introducing the U-turn system on a pilot basis. To facilitate this change, the road median opposite Murugan Mills was removed.
G. Manuneethi, Divisional Engineer of the State Highways Department (Road Safety), mentioned to TNIE that the permanence of the U-turn system will depend on feedback from motorists and the public. Those heading towards Poo Market or Brooke Bond Road from Alagesan Road will need to take a U-turn opposite Murugan Mills. Similarly, vehicles can make a U-turn near Bharathi Park Road 2nd street to access Alagesan Road.