Capitol traffic dry run today

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


THERE will be a traffic dry run for public and private vehicles from Escario St. to M. Velez St. through the Capitol compound today from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

It will serve as an alternative route while the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and a contractor close portions of the road in front of the Capitol building for repair.

“If everything goes well, this will continue for 25 days,” said Capitol public information officer Ethel Natera. But if the road inside Capitol, Gov. M. Roa St. can not accommodate the traffic volume, they will forgo the dry run and seek an option.

The meeting was held last Tuesday between Capitol engineers, Citom, DPWH and contractor JJ and J Construction Supply. They will be having another briefing today for dry-run assessment.

Natera said the PUJ and private vehicles will only pass through the compound. These are not allowed to load and unload inside the compound and their running speed must be 15 kph.

Prior to the dry run, the contractor will be putting up signage inside Capitol to guide motorists.

“If everything goes well (Thurday), the contractor will start digging the street (in-front of Capitol) Saturday,” said Natera.

Citom Executive Director Rafael Christopher Yap said they will follow the guidelines the Capitol has set.

The road will be a one-way access to M. Velez St.

One lane of M. Velez St. will be open and will serve as an access for vehicles from Guadalupe and nearby areas.

From the usual four traffic enforcers assigned within the Capitol area, Citom Operations Chief Jonathan Tumulak said at least 15 will be deployed tomorrow.

“The M. Roa St. will be part of the regular inspection of our mobile to monitor the flow of traffic,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.

An evaluation of the road experiment will be made after the one-day road opening on Friday.

If the dry-run will be successful, Yap said they might give the contractor of the road works along M. Velez a go signal to start their work on Saturday.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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