February 6, 2023

Road widening projects will bring more traffic soon

This has reference to the frontpage photo in the Feb. 14 issue of the Courier about the road widening project near the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center rotunda.
Foremost, the Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office has been justifying that road widening projects are needed to ease traffic and the projects are within the road-right-of-way (RROW).
Be that as it may, the road widening project near the BGHMC rotunda will cause more gridlocks in the future. Why?
Once the project is completed, those coming from Kennon Road side will surely use the newly widened part of the road, and when the lead car reaches the end of the widened road, the driver goes back to the original inner lane and all follows, and what happens? Traffic jam.
Secondly, how much taxpayers’ money was spent by the government in that concrete slope protection being demolished? It appears to me that those who programmed that concrete slope protection do not know any better. Why? Since the DPWH is well versed in the RROW law, why did it still program and pay millions for that concrete slope protection?
The best use of this widened section of the road near the BGHMC rotunda is a parking space for public utility vehicles waiting for passengers.
Also, the road widening in front of the Baguio Cathedral will also cause more traffic in the future since the lead car coming from Upper General Luna uses the widened section of the road then enters the original lane between the Cathedral and Post Office.
P.S: My letter to the editor about the erroneous portrayal of the Igorots in the learning modules published in the Feb. 14 issue of the Courier was inadvertently credited to “Jupiter Dominguez” as the letter sender. But readers know that it was the undersigned, who sent the letter, not my brother, Jupiter, who is 57 years old. — JUNIPER DOMINGUEZ, Baguio City

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