The volume of vehicles along McArthur highway’s San Fernando strip is getting heavier each day. Aside from annoying passenger jeepneys, the number of reckless motorcycle drivers and big speedy trucks is increasing, too. Although I am so pessimistic about the current road situation, I still see a little spark of hope. One solution: cut down trees! Okay, so a lot of locals are having second thoughts on killing the decades-old acacias bordering the San Fernando-Angeles City stretch of McArthur Highway. But human lives are more important than Joyce Kilmer’s poem right?
At first, I didn’t get the point of removing the trees. When I was a kid really loved passing along the highway and appreciate the greenery. But through the years, two lanes are not enough to accommodate vehicles passing through McArthur Highway. Now that I am one of the daily motorists traversing this highway, I realized how dangerous these trees are. From the local news I heard that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to widen the road but the Department of Natural Resources (DENR) is blocking this plan. DPWH has to remove all the trees so they can add two additional lanes. I feel the need for a wider road because the area is becoming more accident-prone. The number of vehicles doubled since its last extensive widening (APEC 1996 if I’m not mistaken).
My idea is to create a park similar to central park in Manhattan (oh! I smell Sex and the City) and let McArthur Highway serve its purpose – a safe and accessible haven for motorists.
Here’s a recap of my November:
– I express my disgust over the 2009 Starbucks planner
– Last November 16, we already turned our Christmas lights on signalling the start of the holidays (and the increase of our electric bill). I love my new Supernova phone.
– Special thanks to my new companion vis-a-vis driving instructor, Butch Ortiz
– I’m excited about the launching of “Cradle” magazine
– 2 “Ferrari” keychains to go before I complete the set of Shell’s cool collectibles!
(Photo of McArthur Highway taken from http://www.batch2006.com/visit_angeles.htm)