Traffic authorities are expecting a heavy day on Friday as the newly constructed SM Mall formally opens to the public.
Engr. Jonathan Magay, Head of City Traffic and Management Office (CTMO), said they have developed a traffic rerouting scheme around the new mall in anticipation of a heavy volume of vehicles, even as he admitted they are expecting to face difficulties because of the narrow streets around the mall.
“Tiis-tiis lang. Natural talaga na magkaroon ng kasikipan ‘yan kasi maliit ‘yung area, malaki ‘yung building marami pang tao ang pupunta. Hindi lang mga taga-dito kundi pati mga taga-munisipyo. Payo lang sa ating mga kababayan na mga motorista at commuters na magbaon ng pasensiya,” Magay said.
He said that they have reopened the San Miguel road back to two-way traffic to provide an alternate route to commuters and motorists who will want to avoid the expected congestion along Malvar Avenue where the mall is located.
In addition, he said they have restricted Lacao Street (from Rizal Avenue into Malvar Avenue) into one-way to allow for final construction works in front of the mall.
Magay added they are also considering making Carandang Road a one-way road.
Magay says there will be multiple areas that will have an enforcer in uniform and multiple resources utilized to ensure good traffic flow and easy access to the SM Mall area for local traffic. Their agency also added on-the-job trainees covering the entire outside of the establishment to monitor the flow of traffic tomorrow.
“Naka-antabay naman ang CTMO. Case to case basis kasi ‘yan. Pero lagi naman tayong mayroong plan A at plan B,” Magay said.