The Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (TEAM) noticed that on the second day of the implementation of the one-way traffic scheme in the city, traffic flow was smoother.
The scheme was first implemented last Wednesday and four national roads—S.B Cabahug St., F. Cabahug St., A. del Rosario and P. Burgos St. —are now one-way streets.
Glenn Antigua, acting chief of TEAM, said the flow of vehicles in almost all areas is smooth except for the vehicles in M.C Briones St. going to Pacific Mall which was a bit slow.
“It’s better now. We can see that the new traffic scheme we implemented is very effective,” said Antigua.
He added commuters and drivers were not confused.
The dry run will last for 60 days in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings which will start on August 22.
Tricycle driver Rino Trajano said he is in favor of the new traffic scheme.
“Maayo pod ning ingon ani, bisag layo pero dali moabot,” he said. (This is better because even if we need to travel far from the usual route, it’s faster.)
Antigua said they will not be issuing Temporary Operator’s Permit (TOP) for violators who fail to follow the new route as they understand that they are still adjusting.
He said Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes instructed them not to issue violations against the drivers for one week.
“We understand that they are still on the adjustment stage. We need to give them time to absorb the changes,” Antigua said.
The traffic light on S.B Cabahug St. corner A.C Cortes Ave. is already reconfigured.