Mandaue’s one-way experiment starts today, July 29

FOUR of Mandaue City’s busiest streets will be converted to one-way traffic starting today, July 29, as part of a 60-day dry run, to find out if the changes will improve traffic.

The change was scheduled to start at 6 a.m. today (Wednesday) and will affect S.B. Cabahug, P. Burgos, A. del Rosario and F. Cabahug Streets.

All roads connecting to these streets will remain open to two-way traffic.

The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team) advised commuters to leave their houses early. The City is trying to figure out a way to ease traffic jams caused by simultaneous road and drainage projects.

Commuters going to Cebu City will have to wait in front of the Mandaue City Hall or in front of Cortes General Hospital located on S.B. Cabahug St. rather than the usual waiting area near Gaisano Grand Mall on A. Del Rosario St.

Vehicles going to Pacific Mall and beyond can only use S.B. Cabahug St. while those going to the Mandaue City Hall and beyond will have to take P. Burgos St.

Vehicles going to Mandaue City Cemetery or B. B. Cabahug St. can take F. Cabahug St. while those traveling from Colegio Inmaculada Concepcion to Jollibee Centro will have to use A. del Rosario St.

Public utility jeepneys and vehicles going to Cebu City can use S.B. Cabahug St., turn left to F. Cabahug St., turn left again to B.B. Cabahug St. then proceed to M.C. Briones St.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and Team Chief Glenn Antigua met with captains of the barangays where the one-way streets are located, to inform them about the new traffic scheme.

These are Centro, Guizo, Alang-Alang and Ibabao.

Antigua told Sun.Star Cebu there will be one traffic enforcer sent to the one-way traffic streets, but they will be assisted by tanods.

Team members were told to stand by starting at 4 a.m. to prepare, he said. Flyers were reportedly distributed to inform drivers and commuters of the new traffic route.

After the dry run, which is set to last for 60 days, the City Council will recommend whether to continue the one-way scheme or to stop it.

Cortes earlier instructed the Team to conduct the dry run soon so that motorists will have more time to adjust before the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation meetings in Cebu will start next month.

City Information Officer Roger Paler advised motorists to follow the traffic signs. “Ang purpose ani di lang pang-Apec, pang long-term gyud ni (The one-way traffic scheme is not solely for Apec but is meant to be long-term),” Paler said.


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