By MARK FRANCISCO
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) overseer Jose Edgardo Uy said the city government will be studying the idea of closing the newly-opened Agora-Gusa coastal road during the wee hours of the night and dawn.
Barely two weeks after it opened, the Agora-Gusa coastal road has already claimed two lives in separate accidents with some superstitious netizens dubbing them as “padugo.”
In an interview, Uy said he is tasking RTA’s engineering team to study on whether such move is feasible.
The absence of street lights at night has been blamed for the two accidents.
“Tan-awon nato kung mahimo ba nato na nga sirad-an lang sa temporarily from 10:00 sa gabii ba kaha taman sa alas singko sa kadlawon to prevent more accidents tungod kay wala pa man g’yuy mga suga diha nga area,” Uy said.
Along this line, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 10 spokesperson Vinah Maghinay admitted that the street lights in the four-kilometer stretch will be installed still during the second quarter of next year or around April.
“The budget for the street lights is expected to be released during that time,” Maghinay said, adding that paving the road was the priority during the construction period prior to its opening earlier this month.
“Since maagian na man during daytime, then dapat ablihan na jud ang dalan to the public para magamit to relieve the city from traffic gridlock,” she said.
Maghinay added that once the street lights will be erected, it will be the city government who will foot the bill – the same arrangement DPWH had with the rest of the thoroughfares in the city and elsewhere in the country.
Aside from accidents, the Agora-Gusa coastal road is also marred with people intoxicated with liquor.
Dozens of individuals posing danger to nighttime motorists have already been apprehended for drinking along the unlit highway since it opened on November 10.
Police have also received numerous complaints of individuals extorting from cargo truck drivers in the area.
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