Traffic sked at BanTal area readied tomorrow
Traffic changes will be implemented along the Banilad-Talamban (Bantal) road and at Don Jose Avila St. in Barangay Capitol Site starting tomorrow or Thursday this week, the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) confirmed yesterday.
CCTO head Rafael Yap said they will no longer allow passenger jeepneys coming from Mandaue City to pass through J. Panis St. in order to make a U-turn and return to A.S. Fortuna St.
Instead, the jeepneys can go inside Gaisano Country Mall using the right turning lane beside the Mahiga Bridge.
From Country Mall, the jeepneys can then use the mall’s vehicle exit and turn left back to BanTal road and go straight until they reach A.S. Fortuna
St. and back to Mandaue City.
“This is part of our ongoing efforts to assist and facilitate the flow of BanTal traffic. We rerouted the jeepneys in that area since it causes congestion in the portion of the corridor where jeepneys go to J. Panis St.,” Yap said.
Yap said this was the original traffic scheme intended for the area before it was changed sometime last year by former Cebu City mayor Michael Rama.
As for the No Left Turn policy in the entire BanTal corridor, Yap said it is still being reviewed and assessed.
He said they will meet with stakeholders in the area, particularly business establishments.
Yap said they will revert to the original scheme in the Avila Street area where only one-way traffic will be allowed in the road from corner Juana Osmeña St. to corner Osmeña Boulevard.
It was also some time last year when then mayor Rama opened the road to two-way traffic.
“So we validated this scheme and it’s causing more problems than decongesting the area. So we will revert it to the normal scheme that will start on Thursday,” Yap said.
He said the area gets congested especially during the time when classes end since there are several schools in the area like St. Theresa’s College and Sacred Heart Girls which use mostly the Juana Osmeña St.
Yap said the CCTO is also currently evaluating all the other traffic experiments implemented by the city government in different roads and corridors last year.
“We’re evaluating our previous rerouting schemes to determine if these were successful or not,” he said.
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