IN ADDRESSING the traffic congestion at the North Reclamation Area (NRA), the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) got lucky on the third try.
Citom operations chief Jonathan Tumulak said that traffic improved in the area when Logarta St. was opened to two-way traffic between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
The new adjustment, the third one implemented by Citom for the NRA, was implemented starting last Thursday.
Tumulak said that two-way vehicle traffic on Logarta St. coincides with the truck ban.
He said that the truck ban offers an opportunity for more light vehicles to pass the NRA. He said that there is enough space on the road for two-way traffic during the truck ban.
Traffic congestion has been reported in the NRA because of the S. Osmeña Blvd. rehabilitation project of the Department of Public Works and Highways. Vehicles are directed to use smaller roads in the area but traffic is easily stalled because of the volume of vehicles, which include trucks going in and out of the port area.
Before opening Logarta St. to two-way traffic for two hours, Citom tried two schemes to address the problem but these adjustments only worsened congestion.
Tumulak said that the traffic scheme for other roads will remain.
Citom worked with the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue to address the traffic congestion in the reclamation area.