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Drivers Confused By Road Changes

By Iceland Review

Traffic became chaotic Reykjavík‘s city center on the corner of Laekjargata and Tryggvagata when drivers passing through the center became disoriented by the overnight changes in Tryggvagata; as of yesterday, Tryggvagata, once a one-way street from Pósthússtraeti to Laekjargata street is now a two-way street.

Several near-accidents occurred yesterday morning when disoriented drivers traveling southeast were caught by surprise as cars came from the opposite direction.

Stefán Agnar Finnson, a divisional manager for Reykjavík’s Environmental- and Transportation Committee told street markings will be improved; they were altered the night before.


The Reykjavík City Hall. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

Eyewitnesses told many drivers still drove down Tryggvagata street as if it were a one-way street resulting in frequent close calls.

Drivers were caught by surprise by on-coming traffic that turned on Tryggvagata from Laekjargata; the situation was even worse when cars drove straight into Tryggvagata from Hverfisgata. Bystanders and drivers alike were surprised by the lack of traffic police presence.

However, no accidents caused by the confusion were reported during the morning traffic.

The change is temporary and will be revised in a year’s time.

The city hopes the changes will improve access to the center from east to west.


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