By Betheena Unite
A newly-opened underpass in Cebu City is showing positive outcome to solve the perennial traffic in one of the city’s busiest roads, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said Thursday.
Almost two weeks after the underpass on N. Bacalso and F. Llamas in Cebu City was opened to motorists, Villar reported that more than 20,000 motorists have been plying the two-lane underpass.
The area is a major choke point that has a peak daily traffic of 40,000 vehicles on Mondays and weekends.
“Noong wala pa ang proyekto talagang ma-traffic ang lugar na iyan, kasi maraming jeep na hihinto para bumaba ang mga pasahero. So ‘yung iba(ng sasakyan) ma-stuck sa daan lalo na peak hours, talagang traffic (That area was heavily congested before because of the number of jeeps unloadingpassengers. Other vehicles would really get stuck in traffic especially during peak hours),” Chiese Basilisco, a public school teacher, shared.
The two-lane underpass now offers increased road capacity going to the southern part of the city.
The P724-million underpass involved the construction of service road and transition approaches, drainage facilities, and pumping station.
It also included the provision of curb and gutter, sidewalk, parapets, pavement markings, and traffic signages to ensure safe travel for motorists and pedestrians.
“Nang matapos na siya hindi na masyadong traffic na bumper to bumper talaga ang mga sasakyan. Ngayon ang mga private cars sa baba na dumadaan at ang PUJ sa itaas (With the project now complete, traffic flow is no longer bumper to bumper. Private cars now go down the underpass while PUJs stay above [service road]),” said college student Cenica Lumod.
The construction of the project, which started in 2017, became controversial as it had caused terrible traffic in the area, affecting the students’ travel time to school.
“We in DPWH would like to thank the people of Cebu for their understanding and patience during the construction of this high-impact project. The convenience brought by this underpass wouldn’t have been possible without your support,” Villar said.