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Ideas on easing traffic in major roads crop up
by Aileen P. Refuerzo / PIO

Various measures have been proposed to ease the traffic flow along Marcos Highway, Naguilian Road, and other gateways to the city in face of Kennon Road’s prolonged inaccessibility.

These cropped up during the meeting conducted by the city council committee on public works chaired by Councilor Mylen Yaranon last Jan. 25 on the heels of the city council decision to go for the improvement of these access routes through the installation of road marks and truck lanes in cooperation with the truckers, public utility vehicle associations, and barangay officials.

During the meeting, Baguio City Police Office Traffic Management Bureau head C/Insp. Oliver Panabang presented the proposed traffic scheme, which he said should be done in coordination with the local government of Tuba, Benguet, being the main concentration of vehicles going up to the city.

The plan includes the opening of Kadmangan in Poblacion to light vehicles while Sta. Lucia will also be opened from Badiwan as suggested by Tuba Mayor Ignacio Rivera.

To implement the truck lanes, he said there is a need for a separator for bus lanes where the outer lanes will be for heavy trucks and the middle lane for light vehicles.

Construction companies were reminded to regularly flush the dirt from their mixers as this dirties the road and cause the slowdown of vehicles.

Panabang also asked barangay officials to help the city police in the implementation of the Anti-Road Obstruction measure.

Four sites in Tuba were identified as staging areas for trucks: the area near Badiwan, Poblacion Bridge, Bekis, Poblacion for tankers; Bayacsan, Taloy Sur; Realeza, Taloy Sur; and Bawek.

He suggested that the truck ban be temporarily suspended when mechanical defects occur.

He also broached the possibility of adjusting the time students come to their classes from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

He also discussed the traffic plans for the Panagbenga and other big events, and suggested that truckers also adopt their own rerouting scheme during these activities.

Joseph Claridades presented his Ben Palispis Highway Quick Fix plan, which centers on the use of truck, jeepney and bus lanes, safety barriers, and concrete barriers to ease the flow of traffic; installation of public transportation stops further from the choke points, and barricades; and the use of the flyover.

Rodolfo Bulawan of the Benguet Truckers and Traders Association welcomed the idea of establishing staging areas and committed their group’s cooperation.

Engr. Januario Borillo of the City Engineer’s Office said the Department of Public Works and Highways will implement the lane markings starting Jan. 30 to be implemented by the barangay officials and the city police.

All of the inputs will be reported to the city council and will serve as basis for new legislations.


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