Solve glitches, NLEx urged

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Thursday, August 21, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) is urging the management of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) to find an immediate solution to the reported "system glitches", which has been causing frequent gridlocks and heavy traffic in its toll booths approaches, particularly in the northern section.

"We have been receiving a lot of complaints from motorists using the San Fernando toll booths about the system glitches. So far, the NLEx people told us that it was just maintenance operations. Nevertheless, because of the frequent failure of its systems, the city government has invited the management of NLEx to clarify through a dialogue what is really happening," Mayor Edwin Santiago said.

Aside from resolving the "systems glitches" issue, Santiago said that the City Government will also present during the consultation-dialogue their proposal involving some engineering interventions as long-term solutions.

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"Our city engineers and traffic management officials found out during their inspection that there is a need for additional entry and exit points dahil pag iyung dalawang booths -- like those going to Dau and coming from Manila -- ay sabay nagsara, traffic na. Also, we would propose that the entry going to Manila be setback some 500 meters more so there will be more space for maneuvering at hindi nagkaka-traffic build-up," he added.

In the meantime that a permanent solution has yet to be agreed, Santiago said that the city’s Traffic Management Unit has deployed more personnel in the area to monitor and control traffic flows.

Back-up system

Meanwhile, PamCham vice-chairman Rene Romero suggested that NLEx should at least have a back-up system if the current one fails, or persistently encounters glitches.

“They should at least have a back-up system so there will be no traffic build-up in their entry and exit points. Motorists would not want to believe their excuse na ‘maintenance’ lang kasi. It so frequent and irritating,” he said.

Romero disclosed that in their recent meeting with NLEx officials, some interventions were already brought up but no clear decisions made yet.

“There have been interventions presented like creating another exit point which will traverse the side of Robinsons Starmills for those going to Mexico. Also, the entry point going to Dau will have to be setback more, just like the entry toll to Manila, because it’s so near the rotunda and Jose Abad Santos Avenue. But in the meantime that there are no concrete solutions yet, NLEx officials should really find a way to solve those system glitches,” Romero said. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 22, 2014.

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