City Hall promises more U-turn slots

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

ONE week after the no-left-turn policy on the Banilad-Talamban corridor began to be implemented, the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) said it will add more U-turn slots in the area starting today.

This way, vehicles will no longer have to go far before they can make a U-turn and reach their destination.

Last week, Citom allowed vehicles to make a U-turn only in the Cabancalan area and under the flyover near the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) compound, during the hours when the no-left-turn policy was in effect.


Some motorists complained about this, saying it contributed more to the traffic congestion since motorists had to stop to find a spot where they could turn.

Starting today, however, Citom executive director Atty. Rafael Yap told Sun.Star Cebu that vehicles can already make a U-turn in front of Paradise Village, Gaisano Country Mall, under the flyover in Banilad, the area where Barcode is and in front of Family Park in Talamban.

The City is implementing the no-left-turn policy during rush hours, particularly from 7 to 10 a.m. and from 4 to 8 p.m.

More enforcers

In the coming days, Yap said, Citom may establish more U-turn slots. Among the areas being considered is that zone outside Bright Academy, but Yap said that it is something that still needs assessment.

To ensure smooth flow of traffic, Citom will be deploying 15 to 20 traffic enforcers on the Banilad-Talamban corridor.

Citom operations division head Joy Tumulak said this may be increased when the need arises. Citom can pull out traffic enforcers from areas where the traffic is less problematic, like intersections outside the main roads, he said.

Citom has around 200 traffic enforcers.

It was last Monday when Mayor Michael Rama first implemented the no-left-turn policy on the Banilad-Talamban corridor to address the heavy traffic in the area.

On Wednesday, the BanTal Task Force is scheduled to conduct another walk-through inspection of the area to further assess the implementation of the no-left-turn policy.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 07, 2014.

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