Confusion, traffic mark rotunda trial

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Saturday, March 29, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO - Moderate to heavy traffic and confusion among motorists on which turn to take marked the first day trial on Saturday of the rotunda established under the Dolores Flyover.

The rotunda was proposed by the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) to ease traffic in the intersection of MacArthur Highway and Jose Abad Santos Avenue. The barriers earlier placed there regulating traffic in the particular area were removed to create the temporary rotunda.

City Traffic Management Unit (CTMU) head Pines Pineda said the City Government led by Mayor Edwin Santiago, the Land Transportation Office, the Department and of Public Works and Highways, and PamCham, represented by its vice-chairman Rene Romero, agreed to conduct the rotunda trial for at least three days, starting Saturday morning.

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During the initial run, confusion and resulting traffic snarls marked the opening of the rotunda, Pineda said.

“Because the earlier three lanes have been cut to two, there is a traffic build up starting on the northern section of the city, particularly in the vicinity of St. Jude Village,” he told Sun.Star Pampanga.

Pineda added that many motorists were “confused” on which way to go, some taking counterflows that it takes four traffic enforcers to guide them.

“It might be too early to see the effects of this rotunda. Personally, it might not be feasible. We would have to make adjustments and more social preparation. It might not apply locally, compared to those abroad. It will take discipline on the part of our motorists. But then again, we will have to observe and monitor the situation in the coming trial days,” he said.

Romero asked that “the rotunda be given a chance.”

“I agree with Mr. Pineda that it may be too early to really see the results and that more adjustments should be made if ever the rotunda is made permanent. Let’s just give it a try,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 30, 2014.

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