STARTING today, some public vehicles on the S. Osmeña Blvd. route will be diverted to other roads as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DWPH) 7 implements the next phase of its road-widening project in the area.
Operations Chief Jonathan Tumulak of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) advised the public to leave their houses earlier than usual to avoid being caught in traffic.
Those coming from Lapu-Lapu City may take the ferry, he said.
With the expected heavy traffic in the NRA starting today until the end of the month, Tumulak said that the management of SM City Cebu reportedly requested DPWH 7 and the City Government to suspend the roadwork next weekend.
More shoppers are expected to go to the mall for their three-day mall-wide sale.
However, Citom Executive Director Rafael Christopher Yap said their office is not the proper authority to grant the request. It’s up to DPWH to decide on the matter, he said.
“It’s the mayor’s directive to finish the project and we are only there to prepare for the traffic scheme,” he added.
Tumulak said that public utility jeepneys (PUJ) with route number 12I, or those bound for SM City Cebu from Barangay Labangon, and 03Q jeepneys from Barangay Mabolo will not be allowed to use Cabahug St.
Cabahug St. is the road between the Total gas station and the City-owned Block 27 lot in the North Reclamation Area (NRA).
Once they reach S. Osmeña Blvd., drivers of 12I jeepneys will have to turn left to Kaoshioung St., left to A. Soriano Ave. then back to Kaoshioung St. and proceed to their usual route.
As part of their changes, Citom also shortened the route of 03Q jeepneys.
Instead of taking their usual turn on Cabahug St., 03Q jeepneys will be asked to take J. Luna St. and turn right to Humabon St. toward the SM PUJ terminal and back to their usual route.
Citom also clarified that private vehicles bound for Mandaue City may pass through S. Osmeña Blvd. since the northbound lane is open to vehicular traffic.
Those coming from the Mandaue City side of the NRA will have to turn right to the access road going to the Aboitiz football field and turn left to Logarta St. before turning right on either F. Cabahug St. or Kaohsiung St.
Trucks going inside the Cebu International Port will be asked to take Logarta St. and turn left to Cabahug St. and cross S. Osmeña Blvd. to enter the port.
With the road closure, heavy traffic is expected on Cabahug St., Urot St., Kaoshioung St. and a portion of S. Osmeña Blvd.
Also yesterday, Tumulak met with Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) Chief Edwin Ermac to discuss the new traffic scheme that will affect both cities.
Tumulak said Ermac committed to deploy traffic enforcers to the access road near the Aboitiz football field, which is under Mandaue City’s jurisdiction.
“He is willing to help us and will deploy traffic enforcers for areas considered as choke points in Mandaue City and if their personnel are also needed in Cebu City side, they are also willing to help,” Tumulak added.