Traffic woes prompt Navotas truck ban

November 30, 2019

A LIMITED truck ban will be implemented in Navotas City to ease heavy traffic on C-3 Road, Road 10 and North Bay Boulevard.

Navotas City Mayor Toby Tiangco signed an executive order imposing the truck ban from 6 a.m. to 10 1.m. and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. effective January 1, 2020.

“We recognize that traffic congestion has turned for the worse because of the construction of major infrastructure projects in Navotas. Through the truck ban, we hope we will be able to ease traffic and make commuting less burdensome for our people,” he said.

The NLEX Corporation is currently constructing the 2.6-kilometer C3-Caloocan to R10-Navotas section of the Harbor Link Segment 10.  The project, which was originally scheduled for completion this December, is expected to be finished by February 2020.

Meanwhile, the Department of Public Works and Highways is also set to start the construction of the Reinforced Concrete Box Culvert (RCBC) Flood Control Project along North Bay Boulevard from C3 to Marala Bridge.

The construction was originally set to begin this year but had to be deferred to January 2020 because of the ongoing NLEX project.

“We can no longer delay the RCBC; it has to start next year,” Tiangco said, noting that the budget for the project will expire in 2020.

“We have also seen how effective the RCBC is in terms of flood control. That is why it is urgent that we finish the culvert along North Bay Boulevard before the onslaught of next year’s rainy season,” he added.

The mayor said he expects heavier traffic flow in surrounding areas during the simultaneous implementation of the NLEX and DPWH projects.

“We anticipate that the constructions will adversely affect traffic flow. We want to be ready for this that’s why we deemed it necessary to implement a limited truck ban to reduce traffic congestion,” he explained.

Anyone who violates the ban will suffer penalties in accordance with the Navotas City Traffic Management Code.