I was caught in that jam on that fateful day. All I knew was that lanes 1,2 and 3 were completely shut and that only one lane was open for use. And from the papers it says that traffic didn't normalise till around 6 which is roughly 3 hours from when the accident occurred. But when does traffic REALLY normalise on the CTE? you go out on a Saturday morning and it's jammed before the Braddell exit. You head towards the SLE in the afternoon and it's jammed before the PIE exit. You can even try going back towards the SLE at 11 at night and it's jammed. So how can this expressway even be called an expressway in the first place when it's like driving through a slab of butter.
Well, there has been a lot of effort to attempt to ease the congestion, but the simple fact of the matter is, it's not working. Yes you can add ERP gantries to suck our cashcards dry of credit and we are still crawling along at snail's pace. You can widen the road to 5 lanes, that shows some improvement in the flow of traffic but give it a few weeks, it's congested as usual.
The main problem in my opinion is that the exits and entrances into the expressway are too close together which causes the bulk of the bottle necks and jams. Hopefully, the new lane markings and allocations will allow traffic to flow at a steadier pace and that all our taxpayers money will be put to good use!