Citom grants motorists leeway

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


THE Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) yesterday modified the no-left-turn policy on the Banilad-Talamban corridor after receiving several complaints from motorists and commuters.

Motorists traveling down Gov. M. Cuenco Ave. from the north and need to go to establishments on the opposite side of the road can turn left to J. Panis St. (Old Banilad Road) at the junction leading to Paradise Village. They no longer have to go all the way to the intersection under the flyover in front of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) 7 to make a left turn and go back to Gov. M.
Cuenco Ave.

Mayor Michael Rama banned left turns from Archbishop Reyes Ave., from the intersection of Gorordo Ave. to Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., until Barangay Talamban proper. The policy applies during rush hours, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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The mayor said the policy, which he imposed without prior notice, is meant to address the traffic congestion on the Banilad-Talamban corridor.

Today, four days after he started imposing the ban, Rama will meet with residents, school officials and business owners in the area.

In his regular news conference yesterday, Rama said he has invited the officials of the University of San Carlos-Talamban Campus (USC-TC), University of Cebu and other schools, apart from other stakeholders, to the dialogue, which will begin at 9 a.m. and will be held at the Social Hall of the legislative building of City Hall.

Officials of Citom and the City Legal Office will also be there.

“It will be comprehensive discussion tomorrow. Then everybody should align so that together we can make the best things happen in the Banilad-Talamban,” Rama said.

In line with efforts to prevent traffic congestion in the Banilad-Talamban corridor, Citom has prohibited loading and unloading of public utility jeepneys (PUJs) in front of the USC-TC.

Yap said PUJ passengers will have to get off or board near Zubuchon, a few meters south from the USC gate. Talamban-bound PUJs, on the other hand, only load and unload at the Shell gasoline station in front of USC-TC.

In a related development, Yap said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has set aside funds for the widening of the Banilad-Talamban corridor.

He said the implementation of the road widening has been delayed due to issues regarding the road-right-of-way acquisition.

The road widening project has to be conducted by DPWH because Archbishop Reyes and Gov. M. Cuenco Aves. are national roads.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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