‘Idea is not good’

MOTORISTS have mixed emotions with the experimental one-way traffic scheme to be implemented at the three flyovers along the Banilad-Talamban (BanTal) road starting Monday, May 8, 2023.

The one-way scheme will be implemented in the flyovers near Ayala Center Cebu, Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda), and Foodland in Barangay Banilad to give way for the study on how to improve the traffic flow in the concerned areas.

Netizens online flocked to the advisory post of the Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) on Facebook to air their opinions on the new scheme.

“This idea is not good. It will create more traffic. The flyover is made and designed for two-way lanes, not for one-way lanes,” said one netizen.

Another netizen also pointed out that there are more vehicles traveling toward the Cebu City center than going to Talamban at certain hours of the day.

“Let us try, but I am not sure how this will work. How would you handle the choke/merging point after going down the flyovers? Also, the additional traffic going straight under the flyovers, especially at the Tesda and Foodland crossings. Hopefully, they considered every angle,” he said.

Still, some are hopeful that the experiment would provide insights on how to solve the perennial traffic congestion on the BanTal Road.

Cebu City Councilor James Anthony Cuenco, chairman of the City Council’s committee on transportation, said they have considered the fact that motorists and businesses will be affected by the experiment.

He said in an interview on Thursday, May 4, 2023, that even he cannot determine the impact of the experiment yet, as this would only be answered after the experiment ends.

“Definitely, it will have an impact on the businesses in the area. But, whether it will be positive or negative, only the results of the experiment can tell,” said Cuenco in a text message to SunStar Cebu.

Based on the CCTO signage, vehicles traversing the flyover near Tesda bound for Banilad and Talamban will have to use the Tesda-Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) flyover, while vehicles bound for Archbishop Reyes Ave., Ayala, and Escario St. area will have to proceed below the flyover.

For the flyover near Ayala Center Cebu, vehicles bound for Banilad and Talamban will have to use the Archbishop Reyes Ave.-Ayala flyover, while vehicles bound for Archbishop Reyes Ave., Ayala Center, and Escario St. will have to proceed below the flyover.