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River Road realignment draws ire from drivers

The early reviews are in on the new River Road re-alignment near the Richmond Olympic Oval, and drivers are calling it a rotten change.

"New road is creating gridlock and back ups along River Road as far back as the UBC Boathouse," wrote Doris Whalen in an e-mail to The Richmond Review. "This is an improvement? The lights at the junction are backing up traffic in all directions. Hate to see it when September arrives and all traffic is back to "normal." Somebody please solve this problem."

Chad Pederson (@chadpederson) tweeted about his dislike for the change: "Really can't fathom how new interchange at Gilbert and River is a traffic improvement for either road..."

Another commuter posted a video to YouTube (tinyurl.com/RiverRoadBad), demonstrating his disdain by titling it: "Terrible reroute @ River Road".

The poster, a ttjiong, wrote: "After River Road rerouted, a 15 minute drive home became 22 minutes..."

Drivers were so impatient they either did a u-turn or used an adjacent parking lot as a fast lane to jump ahead in the line, the YouTube poster wrote.

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