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

Aileen Cerrudo   •   January 22, 2020   •   1089

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)

P1.2-B allocated for study of 82 big-ticket projects – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   February 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 82 projects are currently under feasibility studies, preliminary, detailed engineering design, economic analysis, technical studies, and traffic impact assessment, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In a statement issued Tuesday, the DPWH said these projects have received an allocation of P1.23 billion under the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that in Luzon alone, 33 proposed projects have received study funding – the Samson Road to NLEX Connector Link Project under DPWH National Capital Region costing P36.9 Million and the Alaminos-Lucap Bypass Road in Pangasinan costing P11 Million for Region 1.

The Cordillera Administrative Region has received funding for seven projects costing P94.4 Million which cover Mongol-Nalbu-Alimit-Nattum-Dulao Road and Boliwog-Abinuan-Alimit (Mayoyao) Road among others, he added.

Region 2 also received P37.5 million for the study of four projects covering Baybayog Bypass Road and Quezon-Delfin Abano Road.

Region 3 received P60 million for four projects covering San Miguel-Cabanatuan Road and San Leonardo-San Antonio Bypass Road and Concepcion-Mabalacat Bypass Road among others.

In Region 4-A, seven projects received P126.3 million which include the Batangas Grand Terminal Flyover, Cavite-Batangas Bypass Road, and Tanza-Nasugbu Road.

Four projects in Region 4-B costing P68.6 million covering Sablayan-Sta. Cruz Diversion Road and Lubang Island Circumferential Road.

Region 5 received P47.1 million for five projects, which include the Sipocot Bypass Road and Mabolo-Almeda Bypass Road among others.

In Visayas, the DPWH allocated funding for studies of 19 projects which is composed of three in Region 6 costing P66.4 million covering Capiz-Aklan Coastal Road among others; six in Region 7 costing P106.2 million which covers Pamplona-Tanjay City-Bayawan City Road and Mambaling South Boulevard; and 10 projects in Region 8 costing P108.9 million inclusive of Baybay-McArthur Road and Nabang-Gadgaran Diversion Road.

For Mindanao, 29 projects received appropriation including the four projects in Region 9 costing P71.4 million which cover Sirawai-Tungawan Diversion Road in Zamboanga del Norte and Putik-Campo Island Diversion Road in Zamboanga City; 11 projects in Region 10 costing P160.4 million covering Iligan City-Magsaysay Agri-Industrial Road and Dansolihan-Camp Kibaritan-Languindingan Road; four in Region 11 costing P51.5 million covering Panacan-Bunawan Flyover and Tagum City-Sto. Tomas Diversion Road; two in Region 12 costing P17.4 million inclusive of Bolebak-Pansud Alternate Road and Midsayap-Libungan Bypass Road; and eight in Region 13 which include the Libanga-San Miguel Road and NRJ Santiago-Cantilan Road among others.

The Poblacion Sta. Maria-Malungon Road, an inter-regional road connecting Davao del Sur to Sarangani has also received study funding in the amount of P17.4 million, the DPWH said.

“On top of thousands of ongoing projects under DPWH, 82 new high-impact projects are being studied so we can further improve road network across the country,” Villar said.

“Timely studies are crucial to successful project development as they lay the foundation for the implementation of civil works phase,” he added.

Trucks temporarily not allowed on Nagtahan Flyover starting Feb. 20

Marje Pelayo   •   February 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Starting February 20, all trucks and trailers are temporarily prohibited from crossing Nagtahan Flyover due to cracks in some sections of the structure.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), only light vehicles will be allowed while repairs are being done on the defective portion of the flyover.

DPWH Ncr Director Eric Ayapana said the cracks began to manifest in December. 

“Iyong mga crack lumitaw iyan after ng earthquake noong December 25. Ang epicenter natin that time is sa Batangas,” Ayapana said.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) appeals for public understanding and advises motorists to take alternative routes as heavy traffic flow in the area is expected throughout the duration of the repair.

“We are expecting this so naglagay kami ng mga traffic enforcers doon sa mga rerouting na sinabi nga namin pero for the public sana understanding na lang,” asked MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos.

“Safety […] it’s the foremost in our mind,” he added. MNP / JP Nunez

DPWH to open Katipunan Avenue bypass road before the end of 2021

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the Katipunan Avenue bypass road will open by the end of 2021.

The Katipunan Avenue bypass road, according to the DPWH, is already 70% complete. Once opened, it will shorten travel time from Quezon City to Rizal province from more than one hour to 40 minutes.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said motorists from Rizal can traverse the new bypass road instead of plying through Commonwealth to ease traffic.

“This will benefit Quezon city, Marikina, Rizal it’s an alternative route and its a new alignment in Metro Manila,” he said.

Around 10,000 motorists are estimated to benefit from the bypass road once it is opened to the public. The DPWH also said motorists do not need to pay any toll fees the road becomes operational. AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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