More lights needed in coastal tunnel: Citom to DPWH

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Thursday, July 10, 2014


THE Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) is asking the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to put up additional lights inside the Cebu South Coastal Road tunnel.

This, after six vehicles figured in an accident inside the tunnel Wednesday afternoon.

Citom Executive Director Atty. Rafael Yap yesterday said more lights are needed in the tunnel to ensure good visibility for motorists and drivers.

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He said they can’t introduce improvements since the facility is under the custody of DPWH.

The tunnel, whose construction cost P1.625 billion, was a project of the National Government through the DPWH.

Yap said the tunnel is considered a national road.

“So we’re asking assistance for DPWH to put up more lights inside,” he said.

Aside from this, Yap said there is a need to monitor the speed of vehicles in the tunnel.

Yap said Citom has no capability to implement speed-based violations because it doesn’t have speed guns.

Citom’s proposals to purchase speed guns were not approved, he said.

The speed limit at the South Road Properties, including the tunnel, is 60 kilometers per hour.

Asked if Citom will still insist on DPWH turning over the management of the tunnel to the City, Yap said they will no longer ask for it.

But he said he would prefer if the City and the agency co-managed the facility so they can immediately implement measures to reduce accidents in the tunnel.

Last Wednesday, a delivery truck and a compact truck figured in an accident inside the tunnel. Traffic enforcers went to check. A motorcycle slowed down as it approached the accident site. However, a speeding boom truck, which was exiting the tunnel, hit the motorcycle. The motorcycle then hit a passing trailer truck while the boom truck hit the Citom vehicle.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 11, 2014.

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