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Thursday, June 24, 2021

Approaches to coastal tunnel partly closed due to ongoing work: traffic office

TWO of the four-lane approaches to the Cebu South Coastal Road Tunnel have been closed to pave the way for the P16-million road-concreting project being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Cebu City.

As a result, the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) is warning motorists to be careful.

Once inside the tunnel, though, all four lanes are open to traffic but only light vehicles will be allowed entry, said CCTO operations division chief Joy Tumulak.

Six-wheeler trucks and above will have to use the road above the tunnel.

In an interview yesterday, Tumulak said southbound motorists cannot use the right lane approach, while northbound vehicles cannot use the left side approach.

According to Tumulak, the DPWH started the road-concreting work in the first week of February and is expected to be finished after two months.

Deployment

Tumulak said the CCTO is deploying six personnel in the area to manage the traffic and to ensure there will be no accidents.

Two personnel will man the two sides of tunnel on eight-hour shifts starting at 6 a.m.

“As of now, the traffic diha nga (in the) area is manageable as long as wa lang disgrasya (there is no accident),” he said.

The road-concreting project was supposed to be implemented last year but Mayor Mchael Rama had it postponed because of the Ironman event that was slated in August. The coastal road and the tunnel were used as routes for the triathlon.

Rama said yesterday that this time the project has his go-signal.

“We have already an agreement. I’m okay with it as long as there are still lanes that are passable and that the motorist won’t be prejudiced. But they have to make it faster,” he said.

The mayor wants the DPWH to finish the project before classes start in June.

The CCTO board had also passed a resolution giving the project the go-signal.

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