Heavy volume of vehicles blamed for traffic on approach to 1st bridge

M.L. QUEZON Highway in Lapu-Lapu City experienced heavy traffic yesterday, especially for vehicles going to the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

Frank Brazil, City Traffic Management System (CTMS) head, said they’ve noticed more vehicles have been using the highway since last Saturday.

Ambot asa ni gikan mga sakyanan. Wa may hurot-hurot (We don’t know where these vehicles come from and they continue to come),” Brazil said.

Slow movement of vehicles was noticed on the highway at 7 a.m.

Six members of the CTMS, including Brazil, manned traffic in the intersection at the foot of the first bridge.

Deployment

A CTMS traffic enforcer was also assigned on the bridge so he could give feedback on the traffic situation there to his colleagues in the intersection.

Aside from the heavy volume of vehicles, Brazil said public utility jeepneys slowed down when they approached the bridge and vehicles could not speed up when they were on the bridge because of the uneven surface.

The Mandaue-Mactan Bridge has been undergoing repairs.

Heavy traffic was also spotted on Marcelo Fernan Bridge yesterday.

Brazil said they assigned two traffic enforcers at the bottom of the bridge in Lapu-Lapu side and a CTMS personnel on U.N. Ave., corner of D. M. Cortes St. in Mandaue City.

Brazil advised motorists to be more patient because the CTMS is doing its best to ease traffic congestion.

Skywalk project

In Mandaue City, Florentino Nimor, executive director of Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), said before they will implement the non-stop lane on the Butuanon Bridge, the pedestrian lane in front of the Pacific Mall should be removed.

“We put on hold the implementation of the non-stop lane... kay mag non-stop lane ta naay mag-cross dili safe (because it is not safe to have a non-stop lane while people are still using the pedestrian lane), “ Nimor said.

He said the Department of Public Works and Highways will build a skywalk in the area next year.

Team also asked management of the Pacific Mall to build a jeepney terminal so passengers will no longer cross the road.

As to the plan to allow trucks to pass under the Maguikay flyover when going to the highway without crossing the flyover, Nimor said they cannot implement this yet because road works are still being done in Marfa, Maguikay.

These plans are no longer urgent after the second phase of the installation of traffic lights and closed-circuit television cameras was inaugurated last May 5, Nimor added.

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