Mayor Beng Climaco appeared satisfied with the outcome of the experimental traffic scheme on its first day of implementation yesterday that she thanked everybody’s support for and cooperation with the city government’s initiatives to address the traffic congestion problems in the city.
Climaco, who personally supervised and even assisted manning the traffic at the junction of Suterville as early as 7 a.m., admitted that the scheme may not be a perfect solution to the traffic problems but it is worth to give a try.
To try on the viability of the scheme, the mayor drove from Suterville junction to R.T. Lim Boulevard and arrived in City Hall just in time for the flag raising ceremony, with no or less traffic snarls along the way.
“I was glad to see the drivers with smiling faces as they follow the new traffic regulations on experimental basis,” she said during the press briefing yesterday morning.
Climaco commended the hard work of the City Administrator’s Office personnel led by City Administrator Marie Angelique Go, the police headed by city police director Sr. Supt. Luisito Magnaye, the barangay officials concerned and even the motorists themselves for cooperating with the enforcers implementing the experimental traffic scheme.
Yesterday marked the first day implementation of the experimental traffic scheme’s Phase 1, covering the west coast routes from the intersection of Suterville, San Roaque Road and Labuan Road down to San Jose and R.T. Lim Boulevard.
Phase 2 of the scheme will cover the central business district. It will be implemented starting March 27.
Early on, the chief executive appealed to the general public in Zamboanga City to support and cooperate with the experimental traffic scheme whose ultimate goal is to amend the existing Ordinance No. 248, otherwise known as “The Revised Traffic Code of Zamboanga,” to keep it more relevant to the present time, taking into consideration the ever increasing volume of vehicles plying the mostly narrow streets of the city, thereby causing the pestering traffic problems.
The new traffic scheme designates certain one-way streets, “no left turn” and “no right turn”, and is open to changes to perfect the measure as intended.
Aside from the traffic scheme, the city government is also into opening new roads to address the traffic problem.-(Vic Larato)