DPWH: EDSA traffic congestion to be reduced by 20-30% in 2020

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020   •   385

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said the traffic congestion on EDSA might be reduced by 20-30% as several infrastructure projects are set to be completed by 2020.

The DPWH said that once the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is completed by April, there would be a reduction of around 100,000 vehicles on EDSA.

This is apart from the 30,000 trucks set to be reduced once the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbor Link Segment 10 opens in March.

“With the second half of this year, we will relieve EDSA of 20-30 percent. Malaki po ang (There is a lot of) improvement in EDSA and for the first year, starting this year and in subsequent years, we will see continued improvement along EDSA,” according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The department official also believes that once all the infrastructure projects are completed, EDSA’s vehicle capacity might return to 280,000 vehicles. At present, there are around 400,000 vehicles plying along EDSA everyday.

“I can say at this point, we will deliver in the promise to bring back EDSA to its original capacity,” Villar said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

DPWH to convert public buildings to health facilities in 10 days

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 2, 2020

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is proposing to convert state-owned buildings to health facilities to accommodate coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the plan was to convert the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), the World Trade Center (WTC), the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, and the Philippine Institute of Sports Multipurpose (Philsport) Arena as quarantine sites.

They began the conversion of the PICC, the WTC, and the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on Wednesday.

Villar also posted design plans for a nurse’s station as well as the floor plan for the PICC facility.

He said the buildings will be used to address hospital shortage due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases.

The buildings can accommodate a total of 2,905 possible patients. They already began the conversion on Wednesday (April 1) and expect completion in 10 days. AAC

DPWH waives expressway fee for health workers

Marje Pelayo   •   March 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Medical health workers may pass through expressways without paying any toll, according to the Department of Public Work and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said toll operators San Miguel Corporation and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation agreed to waive tollgate fees for medical workers as tribute to their service amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

Health workers need to present their license card issued by the Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) to avail of a special RFID sticker.

Health workers plying expressways operated by San Miguel Corporation may validate their RFID cards at temporary booths set up at Shell Magallanes Station and NAIAX toll gate from 8:00am to 7:00pm.

Meanwhile, health workers plying the expressways operated by Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation may validate their RFID cars at Balintawak Toll Plaza Customer Service Center or at CAVITEx Customer Service Center from 8:30am to 5:00pm.

The free toll for all medical health workers will remain in effect on the duration of the enhanced community quarantine. MNP (with details from Joan Nano)

LIST: Road reblocking, repair in Metro Manila from March 13-16

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed for reblocking and repairs starting Friday, March 13, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In an advisory, the DPWH said the following roads will be repaired starting Friday at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. of March 16, Monday:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. Sgt. Rivera St. to Bansalangin St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Balintawak to Dario Bridge (1st lane from center island)
  • EDSA approach B of P. Tuazon flyover to approach A of Boni Serrano flyover (beside sidewalk)

WESTBOUND:

  • General Luis St. near SB Road
  • Congressional Ave. Ext., near UP Professor (3rd lane from sidewalk)
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave. to Maharlika St. (3rd lane from inner sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND:

  • Mindanao Ave. from Tandang Sora to D. Munoz St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Q.C. after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from sidewalk)

Affected motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.

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