Study Ironman routes, adjust schedules, avoid road rage

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

CEBU - The Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) advised motorists Thursday that it will redirect the vehicular traffic on Sunday for the Cobra Ironman 70.3 event.

According to an advisory, the entire stretch of S. Osmeña Blvd. to Legaspi Ext. all the way to the South Coastal Road tunnel in the South Road Properties to Talisay City will be closed from 5 a.m. to 12 noon.

For tomorrow’s Alaska Iron Kids in Lapu-Lapu City, residents and guests staying in hotels in Barangay Punta Engaño are advised to leave early if they have appointments or flights to catch, as roads will be closed in the area for the event.


From 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Angasil road and Kabisang Tasyo road up to Mangal Punta Engaño will be closed to vehicles.

The roads are part of the nine-kilometer bike race route and two-kilometer run race route.

All side roads leading to the race route will also be closed.

Vehicles also cannot pass through the entrance of the New Town Center at Angasil Junction and Angasil Access road.

Frank Brazil, head of the City Traffic Management System (CTMS), said public utility vehicles bound for Punta Engaño will only be allowed up to the Mactan Liberty Shrine during the event.

“Commuters and motorists will have to walk to their destinations beyond the shrine,” said Brazil.

The Iron Kids race will start at 6:30 a.m. and end at 10 a.m. The event is the junior version of the Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, which will take place on Sunday.

On Sunday, the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge will be closed to vehicles coming from Mandaue City from 4 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Motorists bound for Lapu-Lapu use only one lane of the Marcelo B. Fernan Bridge, as the other two will be part of the race route. The lanes going to Mandaue will remain open.

The event is expected to draw 2,500 athletes around the world.

Follow traffic signs

For the Ironman activity on this Sunday, motorists are advised to follow the traffic signs installed on the re-routing areas, said Citom operations division head Joy Tumulak.

Vehicles from the north passing through Logarta St. will turn right to Cabahug St. or go straight to SM for their destination.

Jeepneys coming from the North Bus Terminal (NBT) will turn right to Cabahug St. then to Andres Soriano Ave. to their destination.

For jeepneys with routes 08F, 12G, 12I and 12J, they will take M.J. Cuenco Ave., turn right to T. Padilla St., turn left to Benedicto St., turn left again to Gen. Maxilom Ave., turn right to Andres Soriano Ave., then to NBT.

For jeepneys 12G, 09J and 12E, they will have to turn right to Juan Luna Ave. while traversing Andres Soriano Ave. , turn right to J.C. Veyra St., to Benedicto St., to T. Padilla St., turn left to M.J. Cuenco Ave. on to their regular route.

Other jeepneys that will have to be rerouted are 04L, 06H, 03Q, 22D, 21D, 21A, 22A, 01B, 01C and 02B.

Vehicles whose owners have transactions or are bound for the port area have only one access road, which is at Legaspi Ext.

Trucks, vans, trailers, and other motor vehicles that are coming from the south and are going to SM or at the North Reclamation Area (NRA) will have to pass through N. Bacalso Ave., to P. Del Rosario St., to Imus New road.

Vehicles from the NRA to the south advised to pass along the north road to M.J. Cuenco Ave. and proceed to N. Bacalso Ave. for their destination. vehicles from Tabunok, Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando, and Carcar bound for the NRA may pass through N. Bacalso Ave. to Imus New road to their destination.

Road still closed

Meanwhile, the newly concreted S. Osmeña Blvd. in Cebu City will not be opened today.

Tumulak said WT Construction, contractor of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ road-widening project, still has to put up a barrier between the gaps of the new road and the sidewalk.

He said the barrier is needed so the vehicles using the road will not slip to the sidewalk. Also, WT still has to apply smooth finish on the surface of the road, he said.

Tumulak said the contractor will complete all these next week so that by Aug. 6, all types of vehicles can use the road.

Also, concreting works on the other side of the S. Osmeña Blvd. will be moved to Aug. 6 instead of Aug. 4. (PDF/RSB of Sun.Star Cebu)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 31, 2014.

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