New traffic lights up soon

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Monday, August 18, 2014

THIRTEEN new traffic lights of the 43 installed in vital locations around the city will be activated within the fiesta week, city traffic management consultant Jose Edgardo Uy said.

Aside from the expected activation of the traffic lights, closed-circuit TV cameras (CCTVs) are expected to undergo a dry run during the fiesta week.

“Installation of CCTVs is about 95 percent complete. We will test operating the system for the fiesta and we will train the operators next week. The test run will let us know if there are further refinements necessary,” he said.


The traffic light and CCTV operation center and monitoring system is located at the city hall.

Before the project could be fully implemented, Uy said they will still have to wait for the results of the dry run.

‘Short-timed’ green light

Meanwhile, some motorists complained of a traffic light that only goes green for merely six seconds.

The “short-timed” green light has confused motorists plying the Macabalan-Cogon route passing by Julio Pacana street.

Marlon Sumalinog, a driver of Macabalan liner jeepney, is of one those drivers who have gone through this speeding experience with the traffic light along Julio Pacana Street and C.M. Recto Avenue.

“There was once when all of us (drivers) from this side [Julio Pacana] raced because we knew that the ‘go light’ will only last up to six seconds. There was even an instance when I sped up and on the last minute, I realized I cannot get through the lane because of the many vehicles and people crossing, I stepped on the brakes and the vehicles in the other lane sped up. We almost collided,” Sumalinog said.

Nestor Camus who drives a motorcycle also saw this glitch and once tried reporting this to an RTA officer nearby who just shrugged off his inquiry.

“My workplace is in Puntod, so basically, I pass by here everyday. I have observed that the traffic light’s display and operations malfunction, so I reported this to an RTA officer who was just at the corner of the gasoline station. I was surprised when he just answered ‘ambot lang sir (I don’t know)’ and gave me a shrug,” Camus said.

Not true

Uy said there is no truth of the stories by the motorists interviewed for this story.

“No, I pass by that traffic light regularly when I come from RTA office in Kauswagan. I intentionally watch that traffic light and it does not work for just six seconds. I don’t know about the drivers. What I am saying is it’s not just six seconds,” Uy said in a text message sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro on Saturday.

With the problem, Uy said their office has plans to address the problem but added that it’s not a priority because of the ongoing installation of traffic lights in different parts of the city.

“That is a demo unit so we cannot fix it. We can change it, but that would be later on because we still have to prioritize those streets that do not have traffic lights,” Uy added.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on August 18, 2014.

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