Capitol offers portion of lots to widen road

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


THE Cebu Provincial Government will give up part of its property to widen the Banilad-Talamban road.

Gov. Hilario Davide III said he spoke with Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama over the phone last Wednesday to discuss the traffic situation on the Banilad-Talamban road. He said he told the mayor Capitol can help by giving up a portion of Province-owned lots for road widening.

Province-owned lots that may be affected if the Banilad-Talamban road is widened are those occupied by the Girl Scouts of the Philippines building, the site of the stalled Ciudad project, old campus of the Cebu International School and the Emergency Rescue Unit Foundation headquarters, all on Gov. Mariano Cuenco Ave.

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Davide said he has to ask Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora how big an area would be taken out of the Province-owned lots if the road is widened.

The Banilad-Talamban corridor is a national road so its widening would have to be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Widening the road was one of the recommendations of stakeholders during a consultation with Cebu City Hall on how to address traffic congestion in the Banilad-Talamban corridor. Stakeholders also suggested establishing pocket areas for jeepney stops and u-turn zones.

On June 30, Rama prohibited left turns on the entire Banilad-Talamban road starting from Archbishop Reyes Ave.—at the intersection of Gorordo Ave.—to the junction of Barangay Cabancalan. The move got a lot of criticisms from motorists so the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) modified it to allow left turns in certain areas.

The no-left-turn policy for most of the Banilad-Talamban road is applied from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 12, 2014.

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