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Major construction in the Inner Harbour is gridlocking traffic

The culprit is the southern phase of the Inner Harbour rainwater pumping station – a project set to continue until the middle of the year.

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New traffic control measures, implemented in response to the construction of the Inner Harbour’s rainwater pumping station, resulted in gridlock yesterday, the Macau Post Daily reports.

The area affected covers some sections of Rua da Praia do Manduco, next to Rua do Almirante Sérgio, and Travessa da Prosperidade. Vehicles entering the southern Inner Harbour area from Rua da Praia do Manduco are unable to continue towards Barra and must instead pass through Travessa da Assunção towards Rua do Almirante Sérgio.

The project – described by the Transport Bureau (DSAT) and Public Works Bureau (DSOP) as a one of “great importance and urgency” – is set for completion on 24 June.

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The bureaus noted in a statement that construction of the pumping station was currently at its “peak.” They said they hoped both motorists and pedestrians would exercise patience with road closures and diversions in the area.

The Inner Harbour rainwater pumping station is a two-phase project designed to mitigate the storm surges that are a perennial hazard of Macao’s low-lying areas during severe weather. Its northern phase has been completed; current construction belongs to its second phase.

Macao’s Commission of Audit has previously criticised officials for their poor cooperation on the project.

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