MOTORISTS from southern Cebu who plan to visit Cebu City this weekend should plan their trips beforehand.
This after Talisay City Mayor Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas Jr. announced that the Cebu City-bound lane of the Mananga Bridge in Barangay Tabunok will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021 to 5 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 11.
The closure of the bridge’s northbound lane is due to retrofitting and strengthening works that will be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to help improve its stability.
Gullas said they will implement measures to ensure traffic in the area will not be disrupted.
The southbound lane of the bridge, or Mananga 1, will remain open to two-way traffic, but only to two-wheel and four-wheel vehicles.
Gullas said drivers of six-wheel vehicles such as trucks have two options.
For six-wheel vehicles from southern Cebu and going to Tabunok, Gullas advised drivers to take a right turn towards Cong. Antonio Bacaltos Sr. St., make a left turn to the Cebu South Coastal Road (CSCR), then another left turn to Rabaya St., before exiting to Tabunok.
For six-wheelers from Barangay Lagtang going toward southern Cebu, Gullas advised their drivers to either pass by Rabaya St. in Tabunok, then make a right turn to Barangay San Isidro and then exit at the CSCR; or from Rabaya St., go straight toward Sitio Nonoc and exit at the CSCR.
Gullas said passenger buses bound for Cebu City can go by the CSCR then exit at Barangay Mambaling.
Gullas said personnel from the City of Talisay Traffic Operations and Development Authority will be present in the affected areas to guide motorists and to prevent gridlock from occurring.
Gullas said he had also sought coordination from the DPWH 7 before the project’s implementation to avoid traffic problems that the city had experienced before.
“When I first sat as mayor, Talisay and the south of Cebu was faced with difficulty because of the works done at Mananga by DPWH Region 7. That’s why since then, I have always made it a point that the DPWH should not start a project if it would not coordinate with the City,” he said in a mix of Cebuano and English on his official Facebook page. (JKV)