Mandaue wants reroute scheme for jeepneys

By Julit C. Jainar May 31,2016
With hourly traffic weighing down on commuters and motorists passing through Fernan Bridge, Mandaue traffic officials want to redirect PUJ movement to the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

With hourly traffic weighing down on commuters and motorists passing through Fernan Bridge, Mandaue traffic officials want to redirect PUJ movement to the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge. (CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

With the school season a few weeks away, traffic officials in Mandaue City and Lapu-Lapu City are considering a traffic rerouting scheme for passenger jeepneys passing through Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mandaue-Mactan Bridge.

Architect Florentino Nimor, executive director of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), said he talked to Lapu-Lapu City Traffic Management System (CTMS) head Frank Brazil about the reroute scheme to avoid the congestion at the ML Quezon Highway in Lapu-Lapu City.

Nimor proposed that jeepneys coming from the Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) that are heading toward Consolacion and Liloan towns pass through the Fernan Bridge.

Those heading to Cebu City and Mandaue City should pass through the Mandaue-Mactan Bridge, he said.

Nimor said they noticed that jeepneys that reached the foot of the Fernan Bridge would stop and pick up passengers from buses coming from northern Cebu.

Since buses from D.M. Cortes Street are not allowed to turn left going to Pacific Mall, they need to turn right to U.N. Avenue, take a U-turn under the Fernan Bridge then back to U.N. Avenue.

Brazil said in a phone interview that they will study Nimor’s proposal because the volume of vehicles from Barangay Pusok, Lapu-Lapu City is heavy.

He said it would take vehicles coming from MEZ a longer time to move out of traffic.

Nimor said he also suggested to Glenn Antigua, Team chief of operations, that buses will not be allowed to pass through D.M. Cortes St. since it is part of a road network for cargo trucks.

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