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Bridge  closed, rerouting set
BY SHIELA GELERA

A traffic rerouting scheme will be implemented November 30 to December 2, for the construction of the six-lane Pahanocoy Bridge in Araneta Street in Bacolod City.

Senior Insp. Benedicto Villarias, Traffic Management Unit south sector head, said yesterday that the bridge will be temporarily closed for three days and all vehicles passing it will be rerouted.

Southbound vehicles will turn left at Alijis Road, right to Bangga Circumferential Road, right to Central Gas Corporation and left to Araneta Street, all the way to their destination.

All vehicles heading north will turn right at Bangga CEGASCO, left to Circumferential Road, left to Alijis Road, and right to Araneta Street, all the way to destination.

Villarias said about 10 traffic enforcers will be deployed in street intersections where the vehicles will be rerouted, to assist drivers. Signage and directional arrows will also be placed in roads to maintain continuous flow in the traffic.

He said he will ask tricycle transport groups of Brgy. Tangub and Brgy. Singcang-Airport if they could cater to the riding public in areas where jeepneys could not pass.

Mayor Monico Puentevella, who received several complaints on the completion of the bridge, is appealing to the public to bear with the city, a press release from his office said.

He said the Department of Public Works and Highways and the project contractor told him that the only option to work on the bridge is to close it for three days.

The Pahanocoy Bridge will be accessible again to the public on December 3 and will be officially opened December 4, a press release said.

Engineer Romeo Matanguihan said the project was originally intended for four lanes but has been expanded to six, for traffic decongestion and easy access for commuters.*SGG

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