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Wednesday, July 30, 2014


CEBU -- Do you have a flight to catch at the Mactan Cebu International Airport this Sunday? Make sure to leave your house early.

The first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge will be closed to vehicles coming from Mandaue City on Sunday during the Ironman triathlon event from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Those who need to go to Lapu-Lapu can only take the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge.

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But only one lane of the bridge can be used by motorists, as the other two will be occupied by bikers. The lanes going to Mandaue City will remain open.

The staging of the triathlon in the past two years has seen students, workers, and travelers walking because of traffic congestion.

Organizers of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines earlier appealed for patience from the public.

The event is expected to draw 2,500 athletes around the world.

Motorists from Lapu-Lapu can still use the first Mactan-Mandaue Bridge but they can only go until the intersection of Plaridel St. and A.C. Cortes Ave.

Frank Brazil, head of the Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS), said traffic personnel will be assigned at the foot of the bridge to stop vehicles bound for destinations beyond the intersection.

Residents and tourists staying in Lapu-Lapu who need to go to the airport are also advised to take the Sangi Matumbo Road.

Motorists going to Lapu-Lapu cannot take the first Mactan-Mandaue bridge because Plaridel St. is part of the 90-kilometer bike race route.

Brazil said personnel will be assigned to assist those going to the airport.

“We are giving importance to travelers going to the airport,” he said in a press conference yesterday.

Closures

In Mandaue City, Plaridel St. corner UN Ave. up to CIP Bridge (boundary of Mandaue and Cebu City) will be closed.

The inner lane of UN Ave. going to Lapu-Lapu will be open to motorists while the outer lane will be used by cyclists.

The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) will close the intersections of Plaridel St. and A.C.Cortes Ave.; Plaridel St. and G. Ouano St.; Plaridel St. and C. Ouano St.; and A. Soriano Ave. and S.B. Cabahug St.

Student volunteers are expected to help traffic and police personnel control the crowd and traffic in Mandaue.

In Lapu-Lapu, all trucks, trailers, tourist buses and motor vehicles with plate numbers GVW 4500 and above will not be allowed to travel during the event.

Lapu-Lapu is hosting the event for the third time.

The competition will start with a 1.9-kilometer swim race, followed by a 90-kilometer bike race and a 21-kilometer run.

The City is fielding 28,000 school children to cheer the athletes along the route within Lapu-Lapu.

The bike route will stretch from the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Barangay Punta Engaño, Lapu-Lapu to Talisay City.

On Saturday, the organizers of Ironman will stage the Iron Kids, a triathlon for children. The CTMS will close the Angasil Road up to Mangal Punta Engaño to traffic from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. All side roads will also be closed. (Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 31, 2014.

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