Editorial: Monster traffic in 3… 2… 1…

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Sunday, June 1, 2014

JUNE is upon us and classes are opening. So, how will it be over at Bankerohan where the Generoso Bridge II is being repaired? We wonder.

But we can always look forward to horrendous traffic once classes open at the Ateneo de Davao University Matina Campus and the University of Mindanao Matina Campus. As it is now, rush hour traffic can slow down to 30 minutes at the bridge alone. What more when the road long before the bridge is just as congested.

We have to admit that even if the Traffic Management Center comes up with an assurance that they will send in their full force to ensure traffic flow in that area, they will not be able to do anything.


Thus, the most that we can tell the people is, be as far away from Bankerohan and even Quimpo Boulevard for that matter when classes for private schools start. We expect a nightmare. Although it will be a very pleasant surprise indeed if the TMC does come up with some magical solution and ensure that no one gets stuck for over an hour in that strip of the highway that tends to congest traffic from the J.P. Laurel Avenue junction to Matina Crossing.

From past experience, a very recent past in fact, that time when the bridge was first closed, we know it’s easy to get stuck for two hours. Now imagine the inconvenience that will bring. No amount of re-routing can ever solve that. We know too well that Bolton Bridge will just be as congested because everyone else will be trying to detour that way. The next will be the Ma-a Bridge along the Diversion Road, which again, can easily be congested because the feeder roads that lead to the Diversion cannot contain the volume of transportation expected to be passing through. For one, the Circumferential Road easily clogs up. The same with Mamay Road, and Ma-a Road.

We see nothing but a gridlock, we just hope that those in authority are seeing the same and are cracking their heads over what can be done.

In the meantime, let’s allow the students and the office workers with fixed office hours to hog the roads during rush hours, and for those who have more flexible hours try to go motoring down to wherever you need to be during non-peak traffic hours. While we are not so sure yet how horrendous the traffic situation will be, let’s allot a big margin of hours to reach our destinations during school opening. Don’t ever believe that the authorities can fix this; at least, not in the first several days.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 02, 2014.


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