Mandaue to implement 1-way traffic on July 29

MOTORISTS are advised to follow traffic signs as Mandaue City implements a one-way scheme on some roads on Wednesday, July 29.

Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) Chief Glenn Antigua said yesterday they already started putting up signs and distributed leaflets showing route changes.

Antigua said their traffic enforcers are also ready to direct motorists when they start implementing the changes around 6 a.m.

Under the scheme, S.B. Cabahug St. and P.J. Burgos St. will become one-way roads: only vehicles going to the Pacific Mall and beyond can use S.B. Cabahug St., starting from Jollibee Centro; and only vehicles going to City Hall and beyond can take P.J. Burgos St. from the Pacific Mall.

Team will implement the scheme’s 60-day dry run as it finds ways to ease traffic in the city. After the dry run, it will either stop the scheme or recommend to City Council to make it permanent.

Aim

Mayor Jonas Cortes instructed Team to start the dry run earlier so motorists will have more time to adjust before the start of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation conference.

The city has seen massive traffic jams in recent months largely because of simultaneous road and drainage work in several thoroughfares.

Antigua said the new scheme can decongest Plaridel St., where road and drainage works have caused traffic jams, since S.B. Cabahug St. will become an attractive alternative route for motorists going to the north.

The new scheme also includes allowing vehicles going to Cebu City to use lanes below the Maguikay flyover on M.C. Briones St.; and devoting one lane going to M.C. Briones St. for an uninterrupted traffic flow from the north at the intersection of M.C. Briones St. and U.N. Ave.

Mandaue City is considered a traffic bottleneck in Metro Cebu as it is a gateway for motorists traveling to Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City and northern towns and cities.

According to a 2010 study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency, about 377,000 trips pass through Mandaue City every day.

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