City Gov’t to get public feedback before implementing new Traffic Scheme
TACLOBAN CITY (CIO) – The City Government of Tacloban said it will give the public time to provide feedback before enforcing a proposed new traffic management scheme for the City’s Central Business District.
In a press conference held on Friday Traffic Operations, Management, Enforcement and Control Office (TOMECO) Chief Emmanuel Naval and University of the Philippines National Center for Traffic Studies (UP-NCTS) Senior Traffic Engineer Dr. Ricardo De Guzman Sigua explained the salient points of the planned Traffic Scheme, recommended by UPNCTS as part of their ongoing Traffic Study in the City, which started November last year.
The proposed traffic scheme – a modified version of the one-way scheme enforced last year, have recommendations on the provision of on-street parking, identification of bike lanes, the strict enforcement of ordinance on illegal sidewalk vending and crackdown on illegal terminals.
Executive Assistant Atty. Aldrin Quebec said it is Mayor Cristina G. Romualdez’s expressed wish that prior to the enforcement of the scheme, the public be given time to air their feedback to ‘fine-tune’ features of the traffic scheme.
As such on February 15, TOMECO will be posting maps of the proposed traffic circulation scheme in public places to include the City Hall. Stakeholders will also be involved, through feedback forms that will be made available to them.
After feedback is collected and analyzed, a fine-tuned traffic circulation scheme will be announced on March 9, the implementation of which will commence following an Executive Order of the Chief Executive.
Under the proposed scheme, the following will be designated as one-way streets: Rizal Avenue, Avenida Veteranos St., Real St., Justice Romualdez St, P. Burgos St., Zamora St., Salazar St., Juan Luna Street. Two-way streets are Gomez St., M.H. del Pilar St., Sto. Nino St. and Paterno St., while Juan Luna Street fronting Rizal Central School will be closed to traffic.
Meantime, Naval also said that a hybrid system of Traffic Lights with cameras will be installed soon at City intersections, and additional traffic signs will be provided to complement the new traffic system.
The UP-NCTS study is part of the City Government’s initiative to come up with a professional and scientific approach to solve the emerging traffic woes of the City.- Henry James G. Roca