As alot of people in Gothenburg would have noticed, there are some significant changes being made to the tram line and road right outside Chalmers. Being a Civil engineer my-self I was compelled to notice the details of the work being carried out. Of course a mere gaze is not sufficient to know much technical details but the planning and execution has been commendable.
Coming from city with a population almost as large as that of Sweden, I would never call the trams stop outside Chalmers “crowded”. So it fascinated me that, why invest so much money in extension and widening of adjacent roads. I think that is where the trick lies in the ever so smooth functioning of traffic in Sweden; planning in advance. As I talked to some of my mates working in the same industry, I was pleasantly surprised to know how government projects are planned well ahead in time to avoid inconvenience for the citizens.
The safety standards, as with any other civil engineering project in Sweden, have been exemplary. There is an auxiliary lane for pedestrians well protected on the top, for them to pass under a bridge that is being renovated. The markings and diversions are very clear and easy to spot. Access to Chalmers is still open by foot and has been neatly carved through the construction site. As an observer you would not spot the personnel on the site being in a rush, or the site being over staffed and nobody seems to be in a hassle. That can be attributed to the closely chalked out plans created well before the project started. So, one can work at a comfortable pace and with a calm mindset and do not have sweat over the possibility of missing deadlines. Of course the risk of unforseen delays looms over, but it is greatly reduced if enough thought and effort has been put into the planning stage.
As the start of the autumn term approaches, I sincerely hope that the project is completed, to allow for students to commute smoothly. It seems to be making progress at an appreciable rate. As a student at Chalmers my-self, I think this effort of easing the traffic load outside Chalmers is commendable since it would save an important chunk of time in the busy school life of all Chalmerist.
Pictures by Michael Nystås