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No-left-turn policy in Minglanilla soon
By: Mylen Manto | Published Wednesday, January 6, 2021
After Consolacion, the no-left-turn traffic scheme will soon be implemented in Minglanilla town.

Following the new traffic scheme in Consolacion, the no-left-turn traffic scheme will also be implemented in the national highway of Minglanilla town to address the traffic situation in southern Cebu. 

Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, mayors of Talisay City, Minglanilla, and City of Naga, their traffic heads, representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Provincial Engineering Office agreed on Tuesday, December 29, to have a trial run on the new scheme on January 14, 2021.

“We will now be in our second meeting for the Minglanilla stretch with the mayors of Talisay, Minglanilla, and Naga. Also, to map out the strategy of implementing the no-left-turn, right-turn-only scheme,” she said.

Garcia said the no-left-turn policy will be implemented and only four intersections will be opened considering the many intersections in Minglanilla seen to have caused the traffic congestion in the area. 

She, however, said this is a work-on-progress initiative that may be changed anytime if the need arises.

Four u-turn slots with a distance of 60 meters will be designated from Inajada to the Sisters of Mary Boystown Complex stretching about 5.91 kilometers.

DPWH 7 identified the Upper Linao, Telano Market, Corner Baking, Corner Atyang, Belmont, Vel Pal, Upper Pakigne going to Tubod, Lower Pakigne, Upper Tiben, Lower Tiben, St. Cecilias, and Spring Woods intersections as the no-left-turn areas.

Four intersections will remain open namely Tungkil, Calajo-an, Poblacion, and Tungkop.

North traffic update

Meanwhile, on December 28, Garcia called for a meeting to discuss the ongoing traffic mitigation system in the towns of Consolacion and Liloan.

Attended by her daughter, Liloan Mayor Christina Frasco and Consolacion Mayor Joannes “Joyjoy” Alegado, Garcia checked on the traffic situation in their respective jurisdictions amidst holiday season, after implementing the no-left-turn policy and the truck bans from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Alegado informed the governor that the traffic situation along the national highway is improving following the mitigation that has been implemented. However, they opened one intersection.

Garcia have been conducting a series of meetings to address the traffic situation in the north along the national highway and Cebu North Coastal road in Consolacion. 

Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 Regional Director Victor Caindec, who also attended the meeting, shared the concerns of the truckers association in Cebu.

“Apparently, at 3 pm kinahanglan na sila maglinya sa pier sa Cebu Port Authority (CPA) so that means before 3 pm mag unahay na silag panggawas sa ilang mga trailers kay magload sila sa ilang kargamento, mga vans from CPA specially sa international port area,” Caindec said.

“So, ang ilang giingon nga kung di sila kagawas before 3 pm ilang mga trucks mapugos silag park either sa Mandaue or Consolacion,” he added.

Asked about making the trips at night, officials of the truckers association told Caindec that there is no releasing of cargoes in the evening.

“Ang problema in the evening luag kuno ang dalan pero wala naman silay mahakot na. So maybe there’s some connectivity to how CPA should schedule their releasing,” he added.

To address this, Garcia will call for a meeting with representatives of the Cebu Ports Authority (CPA) and Bureau of Customs (BOC).

For Liloan, Frasco informed the governor a truck build-up was seen southbound under her jurisdiction because of the u-turn of vehicles. She, however, said there was no problem in the northbound lane. (Mylen Manto)