(June 11)—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently installed sleeper lines, also called rumble strips, in several areas along C.P. Garcia Avenue.
Sleeper lines are defined by Wikipedia as a “road safety feature that alert inattentive drivers to potential danger by causing a tactile vibration and audible rumbling, transmitted through the wheels into the car body.”
These safety measures were requested in April by UP Diliman Chancellor Caesar Saloma from the office of the Quezon City Second Engineering District of the DPWH, through District Engineer Ramon P. Devanadera.
In his request, Saloma said pedestrians cross specific areas of C. P. Garcia Avenue from their residences to access the campus core. However, “these portions of Garcia Avenue are sloping, aggravating the high speeds that vehicles tend to take while traversing the thoroughfare.” And while humps and speed tables are the logical solution, these measures are not possible since the avenue is a national road. Sleeper lines “will hopefully compel motorists to reduce speed, hereby lowering the number of accidents” in these sections of said road,” Saloma noted.
Two sleeper lines were installed along C. P. Garcia Avenue. These are located in front of Krus na Ligas (Delos Reyes Street) and in front of the Mining, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering building which is currently under construction.
On June 1, Saloma thanked Engineer Devanadera and his team, at the same time requesting for two more lines along said avenue. “The Velasquez-C.P. Garcia intersection is highly prone to vehicular accidents due to the high volume that it accommodates on a daily basis. There is a serious need to temper speed and we foresee that the immediate installation of the requested sleeper lines will significantly improve traffic safety in said area especially with the opening of the new school year,” Saloma wrote.
The first, which is currently being installed, is located right before the Velasquez-University Portal (in front of Balay Chanselor) and the second has been constructed before the Velasquez Portal from Purok Aguinaldo/Krus na Ligas (street leading to Hardin residences).
Members of the DPWH team include Roy O. Cudaz, Neil M. Cipriano, Ariel L. Lingat and Arturo L. Gonzalez.—CAI