A way to go

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Monday, March 10, 2014


ONE of the latest public concerns that has taken the people’s attention in the province in the past number of days is the state of the overcrowded streets and highways we have, and the number of traffic accidents that are reported almost daily in our newspapers.

This problem has actually been getting its share of damage and death in our contemporary social life as urban or semi-urban dwellers that have to be mobile as a way of keeping up with our modern existence.

As it always is the case with our leaders, problems such as our traffic mobility would generate ideas that become proposals to solve the problems we face. And so, the matter of our being able to go from one place to another at the easiest and fastest means have caused emergence of great ideas to solve our transport problem.

Sure enough, we don’t lack proposals to solve our traffic gridlock. A week ago, the idea of a road between our north and south ends made news.

The idea, of course, became an accepted given in the public mind, not only as a feasible project, but also as an ideal one that would not only connect both ends of our oblong-shaped island from one to the other, north to south and vice-versa, with the obvious possibility of opening all the towns with feeder highways from the 28 municipalities and cities on both coastal sides.

With possibilities, agricultural growth would also open some economic potential of the villages.

The most recent proposal to solve the traffic problem in our urban center is to open a highway from Carcar City in the south to Danao City in the north, a distance of about 73 kilometers. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is conducted a feasibility study of the proposed road that would cut short travel time between the two points by about one-half.

At the moment, the Transcentral connecting our town, Balamban, with the west side with Cebu City has cut travel time between the two places by almost one-half. It now takes just an hour and 20 minutes to go to the city from Balamban at a regular pace, where before it took two hours and half, passing through Toledo City.

Meanwhile, it takes almost two hours of travel from Cebu City to Liloan, a distance of just 20 kilometers along the northeast coast, because of the traffic.

The plan is for the road to pass near the Lagtang public market in Talisay City and through the mountain barangays of Cebu City. This way, motorists could avoid traffic-prone areas in downtown Cebu and Mandaue cities, as well as the towns of Consolacion and Liloan.

Mark that even now, it is my experience that it cost P200 to P250 for a taxi to negotiate between Liloan and Cebu City because of the traffic.

Certainly, any project proposal that saves good cash for commuters to any place in our island at the least time possible would be wonderful. And I am all for it.

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

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