Talk of the town : Terre Rouge – Verdun Link Road

I don’t know if you still remember but some months ago, I published pictures of the road under construction in the region of Creve Coeur (Click here for the post).

At that time, the project already seemed exciting and promising. And when the Terre Rouge – Verdun link road became officially accessible to the public as from Thursday, it became the talk of the town, or rather of the island.

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Credit goes to Yasir Auleear for the above picture (Read his post).

Today, I drove along the road for the first time; indeed, a wonderful ride along those beautiful landscapes, especially the mountain scenery. Of a length of about 24km, the road will not only help road users to avoid the huge traffic jams in the capital but it should also diminish the number of vehicles (unnecessarily) going through the capital daily. It has been estimated that this new road will help in decreasing the traffic through Port Louis by about 36%.

Some pictures

And at the end (if you are going towards Ebene), the buildings of the so-called “cyber city”:

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All good things come to an end, especially when you reach Quatres Bornes and its ongoing sewage works which turned the town into a “Ville des trous” :

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Although a small part of the road is not yet accessible because of the works still going on, as a Mauritian, you have that feeling of being proud! I don’t say this often but the government did a great job! Kudos! I don’t think that anyone can complain until someones comes up with a “scandale du siecle” in which we will learn that millions of rupees were wasted or given away as bribes. Let’s stay positive for now 🙂

But I just hope that they won’t come back with their road tolling system, especially not after the next general elections!

16 thoughts on “Talk of the town : Terre Rouge – Verdun Link Road

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  1. From my village(Creve Coeur), took me 10-15minutes to reach ebene!!! It usually takes avg50mins off peak hours n min 1 hour15min via plouis.

    tolling i.m.o will be introduced at some point. the plaque jaune thing was an indication. the tactic here is to get people use this road, experience the huge difference, love it, get addicted to it, then bang apply toll system! We;ll complain but still pay(after all we complain a lot but actually dont act much here)

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  2. Re went for a ride towards bagatelle using it today seriously, i love this road, can’t wait for it’s completion, it is well designed, proper engineering, not many faults to be seen although im afraid rocks might fall from the mountain loool. When i entered it, it mentions M2 somewhere, is it a motorway or just because it links with the motorway M2 is mentionned?

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  3. Drove through there tonight, St Pierre to Grand Baie, then Grand Baie to Ebene..amazing, especially at night with those gorgeous lights!!! A delight for the eyes..the curve of lights you see when driving back from the north is nice, real nice 😉

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  4. Thanks for using the pictures. I just hope usage stays free 🙂

    Its really helpful especially for a guy like me who kept on whining about traffic jam.

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  5. I agree about the stopping thing..it was damn foolish and dangerous :/ Posted this on my return last night:

    “Drove through the new link road today again and guess what!!! Assholes stopping their cars on the side to enjoy the view!!! Really!!! Total BS as you had to stop and let them ‘park’ on the side of the road and returning at night, some even sat on the spot still in construction and enjoying their ‘ti rum’ ‘ti gajak’…
    You cannot get sillier than Mauritians..franc tout!!! pfff!!!!”

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      1. Lol, my sis is telling me that this New Year the beaches will be free as most of them will be having their picnics by the road side!!! lol!!!

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  6. True: Mauritius is very beautiful and the landscapes that unfold along this particular road are stunning, to say the least.

    Truer: wadir zako inn gagn banann, blié sékirité ziss pou gagn bon guétt montagne.

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  7. Enn zafair ki pas gagne compren. Kifer chemin la bisin ferme le soir. Pour evite accident?. Dapres zot eski li ok.
    Mais enn ti remark ki mo fine fair le 5 et 6 dec 2015 ki chemin in ouvert ziska minuit. Alors la nu ban responsable pas fine penser ki capav arrive accident. Mais sa fine fair lacoz ti ena evenment porlui by night. Mais ici mem demontrer ki le government li bien carre r ou et li fair la pliue et botemps kan li envi.
    Si chemin in ouvert ziska minuit mais li capav ouvert 24h/24h.
    Mo ti a content si defimedia ouvert enn debat lor sa issue la.

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