A portion of CM Recto Avenue in Cagayan de Oro City will soon be closed to vehicular traffic as the DPWH is set to start the construction of Bitan-ag Bridge and its approaches.
In a radio interview, City Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) OIC Engr. Nonito Oclarit disclosed that a new traffic scheme will be implemented along CM Recto Avenue once the bridge construction begins. The bridge project will close a section of CM Recto Avenue from Osmeña Street up to MUST area as shown below. Accordingly, the project will be done in phases. First phase will involve closure of westbound lanes of CM Recto Avenue as indicated below (RED). The eastbound lanes (YELLOW) will be converted into a 2-way traffic. Meanwhile, trucks will not be allowed to enter CM Recto along the identified stretch and will instead proceed to Valenzuela (Agora) Road and re-enter CM Recto via Osmeña Extension. The second phase will just be inter-changing the traffic scheme with the eastbound lanes closed and the westbound lanes become 2-way traffic.
The new Bitan-ag Bridge will cost some P63.59 Million and will elevate CM Recto Avenue at said section. Accordingly, it will solve the perennial flooding in the area.