Cebu News

Zipper lane eyed on Fernan Bridge

Lorraine Mitzi Ambrad - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — A zipper lane is proposed to be installed on the Marcelo Fernan Bridge to help manage the traffic flow when accidents happen.

Jonathan Tumulak, provincial focal for traffic management, said the plan was already discussed at the Mactan Cebu Bridge Management Board(MCBMB) but it still needs further study.

Under the initial proposal, the existing center island will be demolished and be replaced with lightweight removable metal barriers.

In case there is an accident like the recent 11-vehicle smash up on the bridge, traffic cones will be used to close off the accident area.

A portion of the barrier on both ends will be removed creating a path for the passing vehicles. Instead of four lanes, the zipper lane will create a two-way lane.

Aside from the proposal to make a zipper lane, other measures were taken up to ensure the safety of those who will pass through Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

One of which is the installation of signages which are made of light reflecting material. At present, the bridge traffic managers are utilizing tarpaulin signages.

The putting of rumple strips were also suggested to help vehicles slow down when heading down on either side of the bridge.

The request of the local government units of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu to have access to the CCTV on the bridge was also granted according to Tumulak.

In the MCBMB meeting last week, the maintenance team reported that 40% of the 52 light bulbs on the bridge are busted.

The Cebu Chamber of Commerce reacted that the lighting condition does not make a good impression to those who are passing through the bridge especially the tourists and potential investors.

Chief Superintendent Debold Sinas, director of Police Regional Office - 7, added that criminals might take advantage of the dark to commit crimes.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) explained that the lights on the bridge easily get busted due to the vibrations. Installing LED lights was suggested by the agency but warned the board that it is more expensive.

The Finance Committee of the MCBMB reported that the group still has over P17 million and it is better spent to improve the condition of the bridge rather than keep it in the bank. —/MBG (FREEMAN)


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