City Hall pursues new road projects to ease traffic woes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 16:16

Mayor Beng Climaco revealed the other day the city government under her administration continues to pursue its commitment to opening new roads in a bid to solve if not ease up vehicular traffic in Zamboanga City.

In her weekly press briefing last Monday, Climaco said that funds have been allocated to continue the road projects even as she stressed that traffic is one of the challenges of a growing highly urbanized city like Zamboanga.

“Traffic is one problem that causes many complaints among motorists due to the city’s narrow roads that are mono-centric towards the pueblo area and with the yearly increase of vehicles,” she said, citing that car dealers are having car loan promos nowadays, thus doubling the number of vehicles plying the streets of the city.

The traffic problem, she added, is exacerbated by the lack of discipline “by many of our drivers and motorists and the limited number of traffic enforcers and aides.”

Climaco said the city is presently continuing with the project to link Gov. Camins Avenue to Gov. Ramos in Sta. Maria under Phase 2 of the project amounting to P46.5 million for further road concreting.

“This will ultimately ease the present traffic congestion and provide passage way towards Barangay Sta. Maria.”

The mayor also cited for instance the heavy traffic experienced by the city on the opening day of the just concluded National Youth Day last Nov. 6.

What happened on that day, she recalled, was all roads, where the NYD pilgrims were supposed to pass on parade, were closed at one time at 3 p.m. only to find out the parade started two to three hours later. Nevertheless, the NYD activities were successful all throughout.

She said lessons were learned, but definitely the opening of new roads is one factor that the city government is seriously pursuing to decongest traffic from within the central business district to outside the seven-kilometer radius.-(Vic Larato)