Citom to DPWH: Work at night

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Friday, February 8, 2013


TO avoid worsening the traffic congestion on Archbishop Reyes Ave., the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to work on the road-widening project in the area at night.

Citom executive director Rafael Yap made the appeal after learning that the project started last Monday.

“Archbishop Reyes is always heavy. It leads to the Banilad-Talamban area and is the only access to the north for vehicles from Cebu City. That is why we are asking them that they work at night,” said Yap in an interview yesterday.

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Yap also asked DPWH not to park its heavy equipment on the road.

He said the DPWH informed Citom in a letter that it will use the area under the Archbishop Reyes flyover as parking space for heavy equipment.

“I already made a comment on that and told them to at least give an allowance for U-turn since that is the only place on Archbishop
Reyes where you can make a U-turn,” he said.

The widening of Archbishop Reyes Ave. and the roads beside the flyover are among the seven projects that Citom earlier identified as unfinished projects of DPWH.

Other unfinished projects are M. Velez St., M.J. Cuenco Ave., and N. Escario Ave., the access road for the flyover in Barangay Mambaling, Mahiga bridge widening in Barangay Banilad and a sidewalk for the skywalk in Barangay Day-as.

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, in a separate interview, thanked DPWH for starting the widening of the side roads of the Archbishop Reyes flyover, saying it is long overdue.

Rama also appealed to DPWH to make sure that the road work will not cause traffic jams.

In December last year, the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 passed a resolution asking DPWH to undertake its projects in cities only at night.

The RDC pointed out that road work delays motorists and commuters, and causes fuel wastage and air pollution.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 08, 2013.

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