Authorities will start to conduct the test implementation of a one-way loop traffic scheme in Tagbilaran City on Thursday as part of efforts to ease congestion across the city’s roads.
According to City Traffic Management Office (CTMO) chief Tony Samante, the experimental conduct of the traffic system was approved by the Tagbilaran City Council in its regular session last week.
The loop system will be implemented in key areas in the city including Gallares, M. Parras and M. Torralba Streets and CPG Avenue, said Samante.
The system’s dry run is expected to last for one to two months as authorities conduct studies on the city’s traffic flow, said Councilor Eliezar Borja.
A resolution authored by Borja was approved by the Tagbilaran City Council allowing the CTMO with the support of the Tagbilaran City Police Station to conduct the new traffic system’s testing.
It was simultaneously passed along with amendments to the traffic and transportation code and suspension of provisions of the said law that will be affected by the dry run.
Meanwhile, Samante pointed out the need for the traffic scheme due to the worsening traffic conditions in Tagbilaran as the number of vehicles traversing the city continued to grow.
“Ang atong syudad nagkadaghan ang sakyanan kay dungan pod ni sa kauswagan, mao mangita pod tag pamaagi nga masulbad ang trapik, ” Samante said.
Even if streets have been recently paved, these have not been widened, he added.
According to Samante, the towing and clamping ordinance which was enforced late last year also failed to deter parking violators who have also been among chief causes of congestion along the city’s streets.
With the new traffic scheme’s implementation, Samante urged the public to bear with the new measure which he said is also being used in big cities as part of efforts to ease traffic. (A. Doydora)