Immediate solution to the traffic jam stretching from Mandaue City to the Municipality of Liloan, passing by the Municipality of Consolacion, serves as a Christmas gift of the Provincial Government to constituents often stuck miserably in this traffic chokepoint in north Cebu.
Governor Gwendolyn Garcia met Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco and Consolacion Mayor Johannes “Joyjoy” Alegado along with Department of Public Works and Highways 7 Director Edgar Tabacon Wednesday, November 25, to agree on imposing the “no left turn and no crossing” policy on national highways. Vehicles are to proceed to the nearest U-turn slot to be designated 200 meters away from intersections.
The 1.2-kilometer stretch specified by Governor Garcia has 23 intersections. However, DPWH 7 said that the stretch actually reaches three kilometers.
Garcia pointed out that motorists maneuvering from the outermost lane to the innermost lane, for a detour, hamper the flow and thereby causes a build-up of vehicles.
“Usa or duha ra ka sakyanan nga mo-U turn daghan kaayo ang ma-stall. Maghuwat nang ubang sakyanan, ga-bumper to bumper na, kay moagad man kanus-a maka-U turn nang usa or duha ka sakyanan. It doesn’t make sense,” she pointed out.
Garcia said the “no left turn and no crossing” policy should be implemented immediately in anticipation of the bigger volume of motorists on Christmas time.
Tabacon said that they also agreed on giving the pedestrians just thirty seconds to cross the street which is achievable through the installation of digital timers referred to as Traffic Signal Countdown Timers.
Tabacon also said that a pedestrian overpass is being contemplated, however this is considered a long-term solution. The meeting seeks to zero in on immediate, doable solutions as emphasized by Governor Garcia.
Four U-turn slots are proposed to solve road bottlenecks. These are at the boundary of Barangay Jagobiao in Mandaue City and Consolacion, the existing one at the vicinity of Shell Station in Consolacion, one near Rose Pharmacy in Barangay Pitogo, Consolacion; and at the boundary of Consolacion and Liloan.
“I think us coming together is very promising because naa pa ta’y panahon nga ato ning ma-resolve and as Gov said as long as we’re able to work together and coordinate, I think there can be a solution to this problem. The easiest to solve will be the one on the national highway, the more complicated one will be the one in the North Coastal Road,” Frasco said.
Frasco assured that Liloan is willing to help the best way it can to solve the traffic crisis that has long gripped a portion of the north Cebu road, through their traffic commission as well as on infrastructure improvements from their end to complement the efforts of the Cebu Provincial Government and DPWH.
Mayor Alegado expressed hope that the agreed solutions would work in time for the holidays as a surge of road users is expected.
“Dili lang ni karon, dugay na kaayo ni nga problema sa atoa. Di sad nato kapugngan ang volume sa mga tawo nga moagi sa atoang gamay kaayo nga lugar. Tingali lisud, pero mapangitaan ra ni’g paagi,” Alegado said.
“The doable measure is to implement immediately the no-crossing, turn right tanan. Unya naa’y U-turn slot 200 meters away from an intersection. Ang pinakagrabe gyud nga cause is kanang mag-cross. If we can immediately implement nga “right turn” tanan unya U-turn slots then that would greatly ease up the traffic kay wa nama’y mo-cross, di na mahunong, di na maundang ang flow sa national road,” Garcia underscored. (Eleanor Valeros with reports from Mylen Manto)