PamCham wants JASA hazard-free

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Friday, January 10, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham) wants the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) in this city hazard-free for motorists plying the widened, multi-lane highway.

PamCham vice-chairman Rene Romero, in his proposal to Department of Public Works and Highways regional director Antonio Molano, Jr. and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago, noted of “the hazards to motorists posed by the ‘dog ears’ or convex bumps at the JASA’s center island and the abrupt swerved angle of the lane markings in front of Jollibee Northwalk1, Shell Northwalk2 and Toyota, which are used as U-Turn slots for vehicles.”

“We propose, for the consideration of the DPWH, the removal of the ‘dog ears’ to prevent the sudden sharp swerving of cars to the right, which can catch the unaware of approaching drivers from behind and potentially cause unwarranted collisions,” Romero said.

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“In their place, may we suggest the provision of ‘J-Ramps’ or an exclusive single U-Turning lane bordered by an elevated gutter which will also avert the congestion of cars, jeepneys, trucks and buses, at times occupying several lanes, obstructing traffic flow and compromising the safety of motorists,” he added.

For buses and trucks that require a wider maneuvering area, Romero said that the business chamber suggests that the rotonda in front of the Hilaga (Paskuhan Village) and the intersection under the Dolores steel flyover can be used.

“We also submit for the study of the City of San Fernando Traffic Management Department, the installation of a rotonda under the Dolores steel flyover to further ensure the smooth and safe flow of vehicles at this critical intersection. If this is not feasible, a traffic light can be another option,” he quipped.

PamCham, furthered Romero, also wants the DPWH to look into the possibility of removing “displaced” concrete barriers along MacArthur Highway as these pose risks to motorists, especially those without reflectors and warning signs.

“Given the strategic location and unprecedented growth realized by the City of San Fernando over the last couple of decades, is it not surprising that our two major highways, the JASA and Mac Arthur have become extremely busy and therefore needed the widening and rehabilitation done to accommodate the increased traffic and at the same time upgrade its landscape to match the impressive panorama of contemporary commercial edifices that borders the highways,” he said.

Romero stressed that PamCham “acknowledges this development as indicative of the continuing growth of the City and the Province, and we express our appreciation to the DPWH and the City LGU for the laudable modernization and improvements of our road infrastructures.”

“We hope that our suggestions obtain the concerned departments’ favorable attention and please be assured that we are most willing to sit down and discuss the matters further if necessary,” concluded Romero.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 11, 2014.

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