A MANDAUE City traffic official said heavier traffic can be expected if the Traslacion will take a different route this year.
Glenn Antigua, operations chief of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said the parade will cause massive road congestion if it passes through A.S. Fortuna St.
The Traslacion, or the meeting of the images of the Holy Family that precedes the Sinulog feast, has always taken the Mabolo-Subangdaku route to Mandaue City.
The motorcade will be held on Jan. 15. It will start from the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino in Cebu City and end in the National Shrine of St. Joseph in Mandaue City.
Antigua advised motorists to leave for their work earlier than usual so as not to get stuck in traffic during the parade, which will start at 7 a.m. and end around 10 a.m.
Mayor Jonas Cortes said he was surprised by the change of the route.
“Nakalitan mi no. But then wa tay mahimo. Mu-adjust ta (We were caught off guard. But we can’t do anything but adjust),” he said in an interview with reporters yesterday.
He said adjustments include having barangays and schools along the new route prepare welcome activities like street dancing, just like those in the old route.
Cortes said he will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways 7 to finish remaining works on A.S. Fortuna St. for the activity.
With the new route, Antigua said, the Traslacion will cause heavier traffic because there are fewer diversion roads for vehicles there.
He said he only learned about the change this week, but he urged motorists and commuters to bear with the inconvenience since the activity is done in honor of the Sto. Niño and happens only once a year.
With the new route, Mandaue City officials will receive the images of the Sto. Niño and Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Foodland area in Barangay Banilad.
The motorcade will take the A.S. Fortuna St. then to A.S. Fortuna Ext. and A. del Rosario St. going to the National Shrine of St. Joseph.