TACLOBAN CITY-Three major streets in downtown here in the city will be open for a two-way traffic starting August 1.
The streets in Sto. Niῆo, Del Pilar and Paterno, classified as one-way when the city government implemented an experimental traffic scheme on November 24 of last year, will now be two-way streets.
The city government, under the administration of Mayor Cristina Romualdez, has implemented a one-way traffic scheme in major streets based on Executive Order 2017-11-80 which ended January of this year.
On February 20 of this year, the city government introduced a similar traffic scheme.
The city government in partnership with the University of the Philippines National Center for Traffic Studies (UP-NCTS) conducted a traffic study to implement a new traffic scheme.
The study came up with a modified version of the one- way scheme enforced on 2016.
It also recommended on street parking, identification of bike lanes, the strict enforcement of ordinance on illegal sidewalk vending and crackdown on the existence of illegal terminals.
Under the proposed scheme, the following will be designated as one-way streets: Rizal Avenue, Avenida Veteranos St., Real St., Justice Romualdez St, P. Burgos St., Zamora St., Salazar St., Juan Luna Street. Two-way streets are Gomez St., M.H. del Pilar St., and Sto. Nino St. and Paterno St.
Juan Luna Street, fronting Rizal Central School, will be closed to traffic.
Advisory signages will be installed in strategic areas to ensure that motorists will follow the new traffic scheme.
City Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said that the council need to have a copy of the traffic scheme to be introduced starting on August 1.
“We are eagerly awaiting the final proposed Traffic Management Program from UPNCTS so that we can enact (an) ordinance that will legalize (the) traffic scheme,” he said. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)