ESSENTIAL personnel and authorized persons outside residence (Apor) traveling between the cities of Cebu and Talisay may pass through the Natalio Bacalso Ave. on Saturday and Sunday, July 18 to 19, 2020, to avoid the anticipated traffic congestion at the South Road Properties (SRP) because of the closure of the viaduct.
Talisay City Gerald Anthony Gullas Jr. said the N. Bacalso border will be open from 12:01a.m. Saturday until 11:59 p.m. Sunday. It will be closed to traffic again on Monday and all commuters would have to pass through SRP.
The N. Bacalso border has been closed since mid-June due to the one-entrance-one-exit policy that was re-imposed when Cebu City reverted to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).
Gullas said he made separate calls to Police Regional Office Central Visayas (PRO 7) Director Albert Ignatius Ferro, National Task Force Against Covid-19 deputy chief implementer for Cebu Melquiades Feliciano and Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia to discuss the SRP traffic situation this weekend.
They all agreed to temporarily open the N. Bacalso border.
“We all agreed, and only for essential workers and not for leisure, that during Saturday and Sunday, you may pass by the Bulacao border,” Gullas said in a Facebook post Friday, July 17.
“Meaning, if you are working in the areas where businesses are allowed to open or if you are an authorized person outside of residence (Apor), you may pass the Bulacao side for Saturday and Sunday while the viaduct is closed,” he added.
In its own Facebook post, project developer CCLEX Corp. said the viaduct will be closed from 1 p.m. Saturday to 9 p.m. Sunday to facilitate construction works for the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) project.
The viaduct forms part of the Cebu South Coastal Road, which will be linked to the 8.5-kilometer CCLEX.
The company said northbound motorists may take F. Vestil Road while southbound motorists may take Osmeña Blvd. Only essential workers can use the Bulacao entrance and exit for the weekend. (BBT)