Peru: Frustrated Lima motorists claim traffic is unbearable

Living in Peru
Israel J. Ruiz

As the municipality of Lima and districts throughout the city continue to repair roads, more and more streets are closed to motorists decreasing access to certain destinations and increasing traffic to record-breaking levels.

In local news Tuesday evening, rush hour gridlock was reported to have lasted until later than 8:30 p.m.

Citizens were placed on the air complaining that driving throughout the city was unbearable – taking them 45 minutes to drive approximately ten blocks.

Whether it is in upscale districts such as Miraflores and San Isidro or touristic areas like downtown Lima, motorists assure driving through the city has become almost impossible.

In an effort to improve the city’s streets, the Municipality of Lima is repairing all of Arequipa Avenue as well as all of Petit Thouars Avenue, which combined are over 100 blocks of pavement that run from Miraflores to downtown Lima.

To motorists’ disappointment Wednesday morning, one of the city’s main bypasses, the intersection of Javier Prado and Arequipa Avenue was closed.

While only the southbound lane was closed, this created an immense amount of traffic Wednesday morning and will continue to do so for the next month – the time which authorities have affirmed it will take to repair the road.

Arequipa Avenue is to be closed from its 26th to its 38th block for the next forty days.