Cebu ‘carmageddon’: Road, bridge repairs cause gridlock

Ryan Macasero
Cebu ‘carmageddon’: Road, bridge repairs cause gridlock
The heavy traffic on Tuesday, February 9, forces some to walk to their destinations

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Those who traveled between Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City on Tuesday, February 9, got a taste of “carmageddon” – a term often used to describe the extreme gridlock in Metro Manila.

Some students from Lapu-Lapu City had to walk to school in Mandaue, while social media users reported standstill traffic coming from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA).

On Twitter, Marvi Rahzel Jaleco said that she hadn’t even left the airport gate but her cab fare was already over P100.

Jeni Lyn, another Twitter user who arrived at the MCIA on Tuesday, said she touched down at 8:20 am, and was still at the taxi terminal at 9 am. It took her 3 1/2 hours to reach her home near Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City, about 12 kilometers away from the airport.

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If you plan to bring anybody to the airport today, advise them to take a cab. This is the situation at Mactan Airport GOING TO THE CITY!

Posted by Victor Caindec on https://www.facebook.com/victor.caindec/posts/10207743501278210“>Monday, February 8, 2016

 

The traffic was caused by the partial closure of the old Mactan bridge to Mandaue-bound vehicles, as well as roadworks on A Soriano Avenue and Plaridel Street in Mandaue City. 

According to a Sun.Star report, repairs on the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge (also called the “old bridge”) began on Monday morning, February 8. These construction projects prompted the rerouting of all vehicles leaving Lapu-Lapu City, with cars directed to take the Marcelo Fernan Bridge.

That triggered congestion in both Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

UN Avenue, the road leading to the Marcelo Fernan Bridge, experienced traffic moving as slow as 2 kilometers per hour (km/h), according to Waze.

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Traffic condition Super Heavy! I repeat super heavy. If you're from lapu2x to mandaue city super goodluck.

Posted by https://www.facebook.com/CebuTrafficUpdates/“>Cebu Traffic Updates on https://www.facebook.com/CebuTrafficUpdates/posts/1667165176874890“>Monday, February 8, 2016

 

Aside from being home to the MCIA, Lapu-Lapu City also has several export processing zones where at least 80,000 people are employed in the manufacturing sector. 

Dozens of resorts are also located along the eastern coast of Mactan island. 

According to Waze, traffic was still crawling from 2 to 5 km/h at the Marcelo Fernan Bridge at around 9:30 am.

At around 10 am, Cebu Daily News reported that some students were walking from the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge to campus. 

The bridge repairs are expected to take 4 to 6 months to complete. – Rappler.com 

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Ryan Macasero

Ryan covers social welfare for Rappler. He started at Rappler as social media producer in 2013, and later took on various roles for the company: editor for the #BalikBayan section, correspondent in Cebu, and general assignments reporter in the Visayas region. He graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a degree in international studies and a minor in political science. Outside of work, Ryan performs spoken word poetry and loves attending local music gigs. Follow him on Twitter @ryanmacasero or drop him leads for stories at ryan.macasero@rappler.com