ALMOST five months after the road was closed, the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) will open tomorrow one side of S. Osmeña Blvd.
But Citom warned the motorists and commuters that one side of the road will remain closed because the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will start pouring concrete on it on Monday.
In an interview yesterday, Citom operations officer Joy Tumulak said the newly concreted portion will be opened tomorrow but only light vehicles will be allowed.
“Mag-dry run sa ta. Tan-awon sa nato kung way problema (Let’s do a trial and see if there would be problems),” he said. If there are no problems, he said, the road will be opened to all types of vehicles.
If problems come up, Tumulak said Citom may decide to temporarily close the road to study strategies to ease traffic flow, like rerouting vehicles or removing barriers.
Acting Mayor Edgardo Labella said he will inspect S. Osmeña Blvd. tomorrow and assess the flow of traffic. He said he will submit a report to Mayor-on-leave Michael Rama who is in the United States.
On Monday, Tumulak said, DPWH will start working on the other side of S. Osmeña Blvd.
During the second part of the concreting of S. Osmeña Blvd., the outer lane on the side of Sugbutel will remain open to light vehicles because DPWH will work first on the inner lane.
Tumulak said vehicles can use J. Briones St. and J. de Veyra St. as alternatives.
Tumulak said the DPWH told them that the road concreting work will take at least two months.
After the road concreting project in the area, Tumulak said DPWH 7 will then proceed with the road concreting of S. Osmeña-General Maxilom Extension to T. Padilla Extension and from T. Padilla Extension to V. Sotto St.
Another rerouting will have to be implemented with Arellano St. as alternative access. The project will also take two months.