According to Ramos, this move willimprove the over-all traffic condition of the city. The reserved area may be paved, butcommonly it is adapted to other functions; for example, it may accommodatedecorative landscaping, trees, or a median barrier. A median strip or central reservationis the reserved area that separates opposing lanes of traffic on dividedroadways. This proposal, however, earned the ire of local residents, including environmentalists as it entails cutting down trees in the area. They claim that there is no congestion along that stretch of road and by cutting down trees – which brings cleaner air to the city – would only be detrimental to safety and health. Ramos authored a resolution enjoiningthe City Engineer’s Office (CEO) to consider the removal of the island. The said resolution was passed to the CityCouncil last week. “The CEO will study and consider thepossibility of removing the center island to ease traffic congestion along thesaid areas,” he said. According to Leonardia, he is open tothe request of the city council. He noted that the city government will form ateam to evaluate and enforce the proposals./PN The councilor added that the centerisland has outdated its original purpose and these spaces can be utilized tomaximize road use. On his part, Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he will seek the approval of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources relative to the resolution because of the existing trees in the center island. BACOLOD City – In a bid to ease themetro’s traffic woes, Councilor Dindo Ramos is proposing to remove the medianstrip on Narra Avenue at the Capitol Shopping Center.