City officials recently requested the Traffic and Transportation Management Division of the City Engineering Office (TTMD-CEO) to provide the legislative body within two months a report and recommendation whether or not it is possible to revert the 2-way traffic along T.M. Kalaw St., Harrison road, Baguio Convention Center and Gov. Pack Road.
Under Resolution NO. 555, series of 2023, local legislators stated that the TTMD-CEO is the local government’s lead office in studying and proposing appropriate traffic schemes and road management solutions to ease the congestions and heavy traffic within the city.
One urgent concern discussed by the local legislative body during its deliberation on the traffic situation in the city is the heavy traffic issue along T.M. Kalaw St, Harrison Road, Baguio Convention Center and Gov. Pack Road.
Under Resolution No. 556, series of 2023, city officials also requested the TTMD-CEO and the Traffic Enforcement Unit – Baguio City Police Office (TEU-BCPO) to furnish the body its reports and recommendations on the traffic experiments conducted within the city in compliance to Ordinance No. 21, series of 2011 within 30 days upon receipt of the said measure.
The council asserted that a comprehensive report is needed in order to enact an ordinance to continue the traffic schemes which have been proven to be beneficial to the public, at the same time, revert those that have already lapsed and have no effect to ease the traffic situation of the city.
Section 2.1 of Ordinance No. 21, series of 2011 specifically stated that the experiment shall be conducted for a period not exceeding six months. Upon the lapse of the 6-month period and no ordinance is enacted, the traffic scheme will automatically revert to its status before the experiments.
The body admitted that traffic experiments along various roads in the city have long been and are still being conducted to ascertain the appropriate schemes that will be implemented along roads that will contribute in easing the worsening traffic congestion in the city, especially in the central business district area.