Metropolitan Police have proceeded to tackle traffic problems at six notorious intersections, by having power poles and road islands removed to create more road surface.
The moves were designed to reduce traffic jams at Meng Jai, Bang Khen, Saphan Mai Market, Min Buri Market, Asok Montri and Sathorn-Surasak.
The deputy commissioner in charge of traffic, Pol Maj-General Adul Narongsak, said police asked city officials to remove power poles intruding at Meng Jai, to open an additional lane in the morning rush hours (6am to 9am) starting later this month.
To tackle physical blockages to traffic, police also asked the authorities to cut a road-island bottleneck at Ratchaphruek Road, as well as remove power poles at U-turns in front of malls and office buildings. Police would also ask for private-sector assistance in designating better parking spots in front of malls and markets.
He said police got tougher in the past week on vendors whose stalls blocked traffic stalls at eight spots that received multiple complaints – Ramkhamhaeng Road, Soi Udomsuk (Sukhumvit 103) and Soi On Nut, Pratunam Intersection in Rajdamri, Rajthewi, Rajdamnoen, Saphan Khao and Min Buri Market.