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Orange barriers to stay; controversial pedestrian lane to be erased

Orange barriers to stay; controversial pedestrian lane to be erased

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Orange barriers to stay; controversial pedestrian lane to be erased

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The newly placed orange barriers along Carlos P. Garcia (CPG) Avenue, one of Tagbilaran City’s main thoroughfares, will be in their current positions permanently as part of road safety measures of the local government unit.

A segment of the barricade located near the corner of CPG Avenue and B. Inting Street earlier drew flak as it went through and blocked a pedestrian lane. Mayor Baba Yap however clarified that closing down the pedestrian lane has proven to be effective in easing traffic congestion in the area and improving safety.

“Bisan unsa atong buhaton naa man g’yud ng positive ug negative [comments] pero ang atua lang mopatigbabaw lang ang safety sa atoang pedestrians ug ang smooth flow sa atong traffic,” said Yap.

According to Yap, the pedestrian lane will be removed to avoid confusion.

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The public will have to walk for 100 meters to a traffic light where a pedestrian lane is located near H. Grupo Street and some 300 meters to the other side where another pedestrian lane is located near M.H. Del Pilar Street to cross CPG Avenue.

“Adto ra g’yud molabang sa may traffic light kay mao man gyud nay purpose anang traffic light. Pila ra man na kalakang ang diperensya, duol ra man kaayo. I think dili ra ta makapoy,” he said.

In 2016, some members of the Tagbilaran City Council proposed to erect pedestrian overpasses along CPG Avenue to help ease traffic congestion and provide safety to pedestrians, but the plan failed to pick up steam.

The Provincial Development Council earlier also proposed for an overpass and underpass system to be established within the growing city. (AD)

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