Cebu City underpass to open in June for private vehicles

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THE UNDERPASS project along Natalio Bacalso Avenue, which is seen to ease road congestion in the southern part of Cebu City, will open by June for private vehicles while authorities discuss possible new traffic schemes in the area. Cebu City Transportation Office (CCTO) Operations Chief Francisco Ouano told The Freeman that last week’s temporary two-day opening of the underpass showed improved traffic flow. Mr. Ouano said they will coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways regional office for a possible new traffic scheme in the south district, including whether to allow buses and mini buses to utilize the underpass. These public utility vehicles currently use the Cebu South Coastal Road. Public utility jeepneys, as planned, will utilize the northbound and southbound side roads. Mr. Ouano said they will hold a dry run to observe traffic flow before the official opening.