Santiago vows to light up MNR

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Monday, June 16, 2014

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- After a series of accidents and the continuing risk poised to motorists and pedestrians by the "dark" stretch of MacArthur Highway or Manila North Road from Barangay San Agustin to Barangay Telabastagan, City Mayor Edwin Santiago over the weekend vowed to light up the whole stretch.

Alarmed motorists and even members of the media have raised alarm over the unlighted portion of the busy highway inside the boundary of the city, which endangers students coming home from several schools in the area and folks getting off from work in various offices along the road.

"There has already been a convergence of concerned agencies like the Department of Public Works and Highways [DPWH] and the city government regarding the lighting needs at MacArthur Highway. Recently, the City Council already approved an allocation of P10-million to light up the highway," Santiago said.


He said that long arm lighting posts will be installed along the MNR, where morning and afternoon traffic will be managed by additional aides particularly in peak hours. Santiago said that trucks illegally parked along the six-lane portion of the highway along Barangay Sindalan will be apprehended or told to park in an area permitted by the City Government.

"We understand all these risks to people plying MacArthur Highway. That is why we are taking it upon ourselves to put the necessary interventions. Aside from lighting up the highway, we have requested companies like San Miguel Corporation for the use of an area for parking of big haulers using the outermost part of the road for parking," said Santiago.

The implementation of the masterplan for lighting up the highway, he said, will go hand in hand with improving lighting facilities for the city's major thoroughfares, which have been clustered into five zones.

"Although it is not within our jurisdiction, we also requested the DPWH for the repair of the traffic lights in the junction of St. Jude Village in Barangay San Agustin and the regional government center in Barangay Maimpis, which have been busted for almost a month now. Rest assured we are addressing these problems as safety is foremost to us," concluded Santiago. (JTD)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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