The City Government of Cagayan de Oro through Mayor Vicente Emano is finalizing plans to borrow P271 million for the modernization of the traffic system and the construction of a flyover at Carmen.

This came about during the deliberations of the proposed 2011 annual budget of city hall last week.

Of the total amount, P200 million would be spent to set up for the modern traffic system in the city which would include cameras needed for traffic management. The cameras would be installed at junctions and terminals, markets, pier and entry and exit points in Barangay Puerto, Kinasanghan in Iponan, Lumbia and Barangay Indahag.

The remainder P71 million would be for the flyover at the intersection of Masterson Avenue, Zayas and Macanhan Roads where traffic is terrible particularly during rush hours.

A recent study conducted by Civil Engineering students of Xavier University (Jay Karl L. Gialogo, Shirlyn P. Dayyo and Dennis Fernan E. Pagapulaan) showed that the vicinity has an average daily volume of 16,477 vehicles and an average weekly volume of 93,384 vehicles, with a rate of traffic flow of 3,187 vehicles per hour, and traffic density of 650 vehicles per kilometer.

The study covered only a partial 3.072 km lane of the Masterson Avenue, starting from the Kagay-an Bridge then going up to the intersection of the Macapagal by-pass road. There are three strategic locations as observation spots: the Vamenta Boulevard junction at the new bridge fronting West city central school; the crossing of Mocco Street and Macanhan road; and at the intersections of the Macapagal by-pass road., which and two of these locations are found to be congested, concluding that vehicles are exceeding the capacity of Masterson Avenue, Carmen.

with article by Lito Rulona of GSD; abstract taken from

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