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Nicosia centre road closure causes traffic chaos (Updated)

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The closure of Omirou street, a main street in Nicosia’s city centre, triggered gridlock and traffic chaos in the capital on Friday morning.

At the height of the rush hour cars were unable to move after the road along the city walls was closed to traffic at 7am.

The municipality said the road had to be closed to connect electricity to a substation at Eleftheria Square, situated by the former National Bank building.

“Despite intense efforts to carry out this work at night, this was not possible because of the urgent need to transfer the necessary materials,” a statement by the municipality said.

Drivers were not happy.

“Did they really have to do this when people go to work? It’s one thing to move slowly and much different when you don’t move,” one said, while another one pointed to the fact that there wouldn’t be this mess if people were carpooling.

“I have now been in this same spot while the traffic lights have changed four times,” Anna Nicolaou commented at 8.45am. “It is really frustrating.”

The works will be in progress until Sunday at 7am with Omirou street remaining closed from Solomou square to Evagoras avenue.

More works are planned in Nicosia for next week. A section of Vassos Lambros street in Kaimakli will be closed from October 16 for 20 weeks to install a storm drainage system and pavement and resurfacing the road.

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