A ONE-WAY traffic scheme will be implemented at the streets going to and from Gov. Cuenco Ave.-JM Del Mar St. and Aboitiz St. in Cebu City for one month starting Friday, June 9, 2023.

Motorists coming from Banilad going to IT Park in Barangay Lahug will have to use the Jose Maria Del Mar Street, while motorists coming from IT Park going to Gov. Cuenco Ave. will have to use Aboitiz St. (Road 15) or other alternative roads that will not be affected by the rerouting.

Jose Mari Alba, acting chairman of Cebu City Traffic Management Coordination Committee (CC-TMC-Com), said the new scheme aims to address the heavy traffic from Talamban to Banilad, and Archbishop Reyes Ave.

He said the committee has observed that both northbound and southbound lanes were too congested due to heavy traffic along Gov. Cuenco Ave.

Benjamin Joseph Balota, a motorist who plies the street daily from Bacayan, Cebu City, said that he favors the new traffic management scheme, especially in Jose Maria Del Mar St. going to IT Park.

"Mura'g okay raman ang plano. Kung unsay makatabang improve sa dagan sa trapik dihang dapita. Apan, naa lang unta restriction sa left turn diha dapit sa Crossroads. Mura'g diha jud ang bottleneck kay naa mga jeep ug bus mohunong diha ug sa atbang," said Balota.

(The plan seems fine, but there should be restrictions especially in taking left turns near Crossroads. That is where the bottleneck is because there are jeepneys stopping there and in front.)

He added that every time he passes by Gov. Cuenco Ave., he would always experience being stuck in traffic, from Countrymall in Banilad up to Tesda on Archbishop Reyes Ave. for about 30 minutes to one hour.

Michael De Los Santos, a motorist from Barangay Lahug, disagreed, saying the plan is not necessary.

De Los Santos said the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) should strictly implement the rules governing the double solid line.

He said many motorists coming from Crossroads, adjacent to 88th Avenue across the National Food Authority, continually violate the double solid line.

"Wala sila nag strictly implement sa double solid line diha dapit sa Crossroads and new Shell station. Naa mga sakyanan mogawas gikan sa Crossroads, mo cross jud sa double. Naa pud mga motorista diha sa new Shell station mo cross sa double solid line para maka U-turn pabalik padung sa Talamban," said De Los Santos.

(They did not strictly implement the rule on double solid line in the area near ??Crossroads and the new Shell station. There are cars coming out of Crossroads and have to cross twice. There are also motorists in the new Shell station who cross the double solid line to make a U-turn back to Talamban.)

He added that some CCTO traffic enforcers are assigned on those areas, but they have not done anything to apprehend the violators. (AML)