One-way Tumaga-Lunzuran Road: Will it ease traffic? PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 07 June 2015 14:36

Development, change, and progress do not always spell outright entailment of benefits. Packaged along the intended positives of constructive plans are the unprecedented harms of an implementation. Highly urbanized cities, for example, are familiar to one of the most dreadful dilemmas that even the most progressive nations come to suffer — traffic congestion. And in the Latin City of Asia, it is an issue as ancient as the cascading facades of century-old structures.

The huge increase in the number of elementary students at the Ateneo de Zamboanga University prompted the school to open a new site specifically to address the new challenge. The Fr. William H. Kreutz, S.J. Campus located at Tumaga-Lunzuran Road or Sun Street, has been the answer of the university. However, it has also been the great concern of people residing near the site, on the effect it will bring to the traffic situation.

Executive Order No. BC 116-2015 signed by Hon. Maria Isabelle Climaco declared Tumaga-Lunzuran road (Sun St.), a one-way street from its junction with, Tumaga-Luyahan road to the entrance gate of Ateneo de Zamboanga University at Tumaga from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays to Fridays starting on June 01, 2015.  There is a need to declare the said roads as One-Way Street to “efficiently and effectively address the traffic situation” in the area.

The executive order stirred mixed emotions from the affected students, parents, establishments, business sectors, and nearby residents.

Benito Padua Jr., father of a high school student at Ateneo de Zamboanga University, shared his thoughts regarding the one-way street, “It’s a hassle, bien lejos para bira olet (the distance to return to the city proper is so far). They should first look at the flow of the traffic for one week before they decide on doing that. It’s a haphazard, illogical move without looking at the cost and benefit analyses beforehand. Tiene lang man se peak hours (There are just peak hours).”

Faima Nain, a high school student, on the other hand, said, “I think this schedule is an agreeable way to avoid traffic during the morning and dismissal time since more parents are going to send or fetch their children due to the opening of the new grade school complex.”

Emil Lim, a resident of Barangay Tumaga, also said the executive order would help the residents affected by traffic brought about by the transfer of the AdZU grade school complex. “Nung una nag-alala kame kasi baka lalala yung traffic dito. Pero buti naman at pinatupad nila to. (At first, we were worried because we thought that the traffic might be worse. Fortunately, they implemented this ).”  — Dave Cervas, Gillian Manalo, Bianca Zamora- PJ Interns. City hall PIO