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Mayor wants bypass road closed by night

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Mayor Beng Climaco has concurred with the recommendation of the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office to temporarily close the bypass road especially by night to prevent vehicular accident and criminal act.

This developed after an incident Sunday night when a passenger bus fell into the ravine while negotiating the bypass road. At least 20 people were injured.

In the first place, Climaco said, she could not remember having ordered the bypass road open to the public because it is unfinished yet.

“I would like to make it clear that the city government of Zamboanga has not, to my knowledge, issued an order for its opening to or use by the public,” the mayor said during the press briefing yesterday.

She added that at one point she had instructed the CDRRMO to have the bypass road closed temporarily after the approach of a bridge in the area (east coast portion) had caved in.

“We will recommend to the DPWH that has jurisdiction of the bypass road to close it in the evening given the accidents that are prone to happen in this unfinished road,” she said.

Dr. Elmeir Apolinario, CDRRMO head, said the recommendation to close the bypass road (from Guisao to Lunzuran) is based on that fact that it is unlighted (dim), and works are still ongoing for the improvement of the road, thus it is unsafe to travel (there) especially by night.

If completed, the bypass road is a 40-kilometer stretch connecting the east coast from Culianan to Patalon in the west coast. The project costs P470.8 billion and implemented by DPWH.-(Vic Larato)