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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, March 17, 2011
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Traffic woes
mount at flyover area

BY ADRIAN NEMES III

The Bacolod Traffic Authority Office and the Bacolod City Police Traffic Management Unit has been receiving mounting complaints from drivers and commuters about the traffic congestion at the junction of the Circumferential road and Lacson Street where the construction of the flyover is ongoing.

TMU head, Chief Insp. Levy Pangue, said some of the complaints were coursed through the city officials while others were brought to the attention of BCPO officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz.

He said the traffic worsens at the site from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. He said he has deployed eight men in the area to direct the traffic as ordered by De la Paz, who inspected the area yesterday afternoon to check the situation.

Pangue said one of his suggestions was to utilize the Sta. Rosa Avenue until the flyover construction is finished. Although it is not the absolute solution to resolve the traffic situation, it can ease the traffic congestion in the area.

However, De la Paz said they have not decided on the matter yet as they are meeting with the contractor and the city officials at the Bacolod government center today on this.

He appealed to the motorists to bear with the inconvenience brought by the construction of the flyover because, once it is completed, it will surely improve the traffic situation in the northern part of Bacolod.

Pangue also appealed to commuters from the northern part of Bacolod to leave for their appointments early and avoid peak hours so they will not be hassled with the traffic congestion at the flyover construction site.*APN

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