Rerouting causes monster traffic

IT WAS a monster traffic jam!
Yesterday’s dry run of the rerouting at Talomo area caused a massive vehicular bottleneck, affecting residents living in the city’s southern area.

It was an apparent parking lot starting from the corner of Matina-Balusong Road and MacArthur Highway up to Davao-Bukidnon Road junction at Barangay Catalunan Pequeno of the Talomo-Puan Bypass Road — or a stretch of around three kilometers – as vehicles were on bumper to bumper.
At 4 a.m. yesterday, City Hall started the implementation of a supposed 68-hour traffic rerouting at Talomo area in preparation for the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH)’s widening project of one of the Talomo bridges.
However, at 6 p.m. yesterday, City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) head Dionisio Abude lifted the dry run that was supposed to end on Friday.
By today, the traffic will resume to normal, Abude said.
The CTTMO chief said he will submit his observation for the day-long dry run to the DPWH so they can formulate any decision on the matter.
“Ako ang akong report sa trapik one word lang: grabeeeeeeeeh,” third district Councilor Mary Joselle Dilig Villafuerte said on a facebook post.
Yesterday, commuters were trapped at the traffic jam for over an hour. Traffic at the area usually runs for five minutes in usual hours and up to 10 minutes on rush hours.
Residents, mostly school children, of Sitio Ulas in Barangay Talomo Proper walked home for a kilometer from the corner of Diversion Road-MacArthur Highway in Bangkal, obviously avoiding being trapped at the Talomo-Puan Bypass Road.
Talomo Bridge I was closed to traffic yesterday as the DPWH conducted a dry-run and inspection of the bridge.
With the closure, the city government announced a one-way traffic scheme in Ulas area.
Outbound vehicles from downtown used the Talomo-Puan Bypass Road while the inbound vehicles from Ulas used the Talomo Bridge II.
The test run, DPWH XI said in a separate advisory, is for the implementation of a widening project.
In a report of the Philippine Information Agency XI, “the road-widening was originally to be implemented in 2016, however, road-right-of-way problems stalled the project’s detour bridge. The opening of the Diversion Road extension in late 2017 provided the DPWH-XI an alternate road for rerouted traffic.”

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