DEAR Atty. Espinoza,
As I read your column in SunStar (“Not their concern? Maybe not for Rep. Dizon, Nov. 17, 2020), I am quite intrigued by your suggestion to address the perennial problem of traffic in Consolacion. It makes sense to explore the possibility of an elevated bypass road from Jagobiao to Jugan. There is such a thing in Taipei and in Busan. With it, you are correct that vehicles may bypass the highway in Consolacion.
Although, a big reduction may be realized once the trans-axial highway from Naga City to Danao City would be completed. Nevertheless, your suggestion is still worthwhile considering progress in the north. The governor’s visionary idea of transferring the provincial offices to Balamban town will also definitely ease the traffic volume in Metro Cebu because travelling from northernmost as well as from southernmost municipalities for doing business in the capitol may opt to pass the western route. The volume of traffic keeps on increasing in direct proportion to the population. Subdivisions are fast sprouting in Liloan, Compostela, Carmen and Danao City.
The unfortunate thing with Consolacion is that it is ill-prepared. Aside from narrow roads, almost all the people, workers, students, professionals and businessmen, have to go through the main road. Did you notice that there are 15 streets that converge into the highway from the Mandaue boundary to street corner after the big mall? The only way traffic can be effectively managed is by synchronizing the traffic lights. In addition, the loading and unloading points should be minimized.
One note to bear in mind: This traffic problem will exponentially grow once the town becomes a city.
Best regards, Atty. Espinoza.