TMB still pushes for pedestrian closure despite protests

BAGUIO CITY - the Baguio City Police Office, Traffic Management Branch (BCPO-TMB) assessment and evaluation of the closure of three pedestrian crossing at Session Road, this city still stands.

This has been stressed by Traffic Chief P/Supt. James Allan Logan during regular council sessions Monday (July 2).

Logan has reiterated the adoption of the present set-up of reducing the number of pedestrian crossings from six to only three in this major thorough fare despite clamors from some sectors to already open the same for convenience of pedestrians.

The Traffic and Transportation Management Committee (TTMC) has endorsed the adoption of the experimental closure and wants to adopt permanently the set-up as the 30-day trial period has already lapsed.

Logan pointed out the zebra lines near mercury drug is less than 50 meters and does not meet the required length from a major intersection.

"The pedestrian crossing there is misplaced", Logan said.

TTMC Technical consultant Engr. Teodorico Tan also expressed the need to adopt the measure so they can already implement the needed adjustments and put in place the necessary devices to make the flow of people and automobiles more orderly.

The proposed improvement and upgrading of the present traffic facility totals P6.5 million which entails the installation of coordinated traffic lights and opening of closed median islands.

Another pedestrian crossing will be opened in front of Star Café to decongest the existing zebra lines fronting McDonalds.

Councilors have not reached a decision on the matter as of press time.

Meantime, Vice-mayor Daniel Farinas has reiterated the need to push through with the 'Traffic Summit' in order to come up with concrete solutions to the worsening traffic situation in the city anytime soon. ***paul rillorta

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