THE Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) is implementing a special traffic scheme along Masterson’s Avenue and Vamenta Junction in Barangay Upper Carmen in Cagayan de Oro City after receiving perennial complaints from motorists for the heavy traffic congestion in the area during peak hours.
In an advisory, the RTA said during peak hours, a long queue of vehicles usually forms due to the narrow road along the former Pryce Plaza section going downhill. To improve the traffic flow, an emergency special traffic scheme was announced on Tuesday, March 6.
From 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. towards 8 p.m., Mondays to Fridays, the RTA will be implementing a no left turn and temporary rerouting of motorelas as well as designate a temporary unloading zone.
All vehicles going downhill passing Mastersons Avenue are temporarily prohibited to turn left towards Vamenta Boulevard, and will be instead told to proceed directly to Rodelsa Circle, while vehicles en route to Rodelsa circle and traversing Vamenta are instructed to turn right at Masterson’s Avenue and make a U-turn at the Macanhan flyover.
Motorelas passing along Mariano Velez Street to Macanhan will not be allowed to turn right towards Masterson’s Avenue, but will be redirected to turn left towards Concordio Diel Street. They are also advised to take the new road at Macanhan which connects to Acacia St. and turn left to Everlasting St. to pass Vamenta Blvd.
The RTA said all uphill-bound vehicles are advised to proceed to Masterson’s Avenue from Rodelsa Circle area, including those vehicles that intend to turn right from Vamenta Blvd. towards Masterson’s.
Meanwhile, all vehicles, especially the public utility jeepneys from the uptown area will be allowed to drop their passengers at the designated unloading portion at the intersection of Masterson’s-Vamenta junction.
However for motorists, the first day of the new traffic scheme implementation did not work. The RTA advisory posted at their Facebook page was flooded with angry comments, saying the new scheme made the traffic worse.
RTA head Nonito Oclarit meanwhile clarified that the new scheme is still under study, observation, and is still subject for changes.
Oclarit asked the public for patience as they continue to look for ways to improve the traffic situation in all areas of the city.
Published in the SunStar Cagayan de Oro newspaper on March 08, 2018.