Endurance test? Yes, for commuters, too-A A +A
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
SOME roads in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu will be closed on Sunday for the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, the triathlon that is expected to draw at least 2,000 athletes from 35 countries.
Authorities hope the endurance test won’t test the patience of commuters as much as last year’s event did.
In Lapu-Lapu, the road from Barangay Punta Engaño to the ML Quezon National Highway until the junction of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge will be closed starting 5 a.m.
It will be reopened at noon.
The City Traffic Management System (CTMS) advised motorists, hotel operators, hotel guests and residents who wish to go to mainland Cebu to leave the area before 5 a.m.
Residents in the area are also advised to walk to Angasil access road for their rides. All side roads leading to the main highway will be closed.
Those going to and coming from the airport are advised to take the Sangi-Matumbo road. The first bridge will be closed from 5 a.m. until noon.
In Mandaue, parts of UN Ave., Plaridel St. and Ouano Ave. will be closed for the 90-kilometer bike course that will stretch all the way to Talisay City.
Edwin Ermac, head of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said road closures will start at 6:30 a.m. The roads will be reopened at 2 p.m.
All vehicles from Mandaue going to the airport are advised to take S.B. Cabahug St. to Super Metro and then take a right turn to the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.
All vehicles going to the north from Cebu City will take Lopez Jaena St. to M.C. Briones St. and J.P Rizal St.
Ermac said he does not anticipate heavy traffic as the event will happen on Sunday. But he will still deploy traffic personnel on the streets.
The bike route crosses the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Mandaue, Cebu and Talisay.
In Mandaue, the athletes will enter the public market area through the access road.
This way, market buyers can still enter the market, Ermac said.
Ricardo Mendoza, head of the City Solid Waste Management Office, said the roads will be cleared of pebbles and other debris to ensure the safety of the athletes.
At least 417 personnel from the Lapu-Lapu City Police Office, Philippine Air Force, the Regional Maritime Unit and the Regional Public Safety Battalion will be deployed to secure the athletes and spectators.
A total of 554 cadets from the Lapu-Lapu City College and 190 “force multipliers” will also be deployed.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 30, 2013.