The city government is set to undertake a multi-million peso project to modernize the traffic system with the installation of a close-circuit television camera to at least 50 junctions in the entire city in the coming months.
This was disclosed during the meeting of the Committee on Public Utilities chaired by city councilor Alden Bacal on Thursday.
Bacal told Mindanao Gold Star Daily that at least six interested private companies have initially signified their intention to tender their interest on the said undertaking of City Mayor Vicente Emano’s administration.
The installation of the new traffic system would cost the city amounting to P150 million or more depending on the companies’ proposals. Some other companies offered a Build-Operate and Transfer (BOT) Scheme.
The new traffic system includes the installation of a traffic control and monitoring center that would possibly house the Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA).
“There is also a pending proposal to professionalize the RTA personnel considering that they would be manning the entire traffic system,” he said.
He said for the past 12 years, the traffic system of Cagayan de Oro has already been declared obsolete and some that were non-functional as among other contributing factors of the worsening traffic situation in the city.
“I already asked the RTA to identify major junctions in the city that need the installation of a modern traffic light,” he said.
Initially, the RTA has submitted 15 major junctions which include Bulua junction near Bulua Gym, Kauswagan-Bulua highway junction; Kauswagan-Liceo junction; Recto-Licoan junction; Recto-Corrales junction; Osmeña-Recto junction; Megacenter junction in Lapasan; Gusa-Galaxy junction; Puerto junction; Velez-Luna junction; Yacapin-Velez junction; JR Borja-Velez junction; Velez-Divisoria junction; Velez-Tirso Neri junction and KSY junction near Carmen bridge.
However, Emano recommends to install another 35 streetlights to other major and minor junctions in the entire city including those with commercial complexes.
With the implementation of the modern traffic system, the RTA is also tasked to set-up new traffic plan for re-routing inside the city limits which affects all public utility vehicles like jeepneys, motorela, motorized sikad and multicabs.
Bacal said they would not implement the new-rerouting scheme until such time that the modern traffic system would be installed in all major and minor thoroughfares.
The city government still welcomes proposals from other companies.
article by Lito Rulona of Gold Star Daily