ROAD repairs and vehicular accidents caused heavy traffic in Mandaue City yesterday, causing one to two hours of delay for travelers.

Some vented on social media.

“Commuting to the office from Lapu-Lapu since 9:30 a.m. Two hours later and I’m still in Mandaue!” a Facebook user said.

“Mandaue traffic is insane!” said a Twitter user.

Another Twitter user lamented that “Cebu’s traffic is just as bad as Manila’s now.”

Affected roads

Bino Bargamento of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) said some of the major roads are not entirely open for vehicles because of repair and drainage works.

These roads are A.S. Fortuna St., M.L Quezon Ave. and Plaridel St. In some parts of these roads, only one lane is open for vehicles.

At least two accidents also hampered the flow of traffic. An accident involving a motorcycle and a public utility vehicle occurred on the already congested Plaridel St. in the morning.

Another accident involving a tricycle and a taxi on M.L. Quezon Ave. also worsened the traffic.

Compounding the problem was the closure of the A.S. Fortuna Ext. for drainage works yesterday morning.

‘For the good of all’

The Department of Public Works and Highways are implementing road and drainage repairs in Mandaue City as part of preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference in Cebu later this year.

Bargamento urged the public to bear with the traffic and adjust by making their trips earlier.

Para ra man sa atong kaayuhan kining mga projects (These projects are done for the good of all),” he said.

For their part, traffic enforcers are monitoring the traffic closely and making sure practices that worsen traffic like vehicles parked in non-designated areas are prevented, Bargamento said.

He also advised drivers to refrain from switching lanes to not add to the heavy traffic.

Team gives traffic updates on Facebook page Bantay Mandaue.