DPWH Secretary says 5-minute Cubao-Makati travel time possible

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 2, 2019   •   1650

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has said that the 5-minute travel time from Cubao to Makati can be done.

Villar explained that major road projects in Metro Manila which are set to be opened will help in making the 5-minute travel time possible.

These projects include Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX Harbor Link, and C5 South Link Expressway which are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Villar said 200,000 vehicles would need to be taken out in order to reduce traffic along EDSA.

“To revert back to a level of traffic when we finish the Skyway Project it will reduce traffic by 100,000 vehicles. When the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Harbor Link connector is completed it will minimize 50,000 vehicles. When C-6 is finished we reduce another 50,000,” he said.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recorded around 400,000 vehicles traversing EDSA everyday which exceeds its capacity of 288,000 vehicles.

Meanwhile, aside from the DPWH, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group also thinks the 5-minute travel time is possible especially when traffic laws will be strictly implemented.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

DPWH to conduct road repairs, reblocking from Aug. 23 to 27

Robie de Guzman   •   August 23, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to conduct road repairs and reblocking from August 23 (Friday) to August 27 (Tuesday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the road repair will start at 11 p.m. in the following roads.

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA cor. Bulacan St. to Philam (1st lane from center island)
  • EDSA from Magallanes – Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes – Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • Katipunan Ave. from after Boni Serrano Tunnel to P. Tuazon St. (truck lane)
  • Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Theresa Heights and before Belfast (inner lane)
  • Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)

WESTBOUND

  • Novaliches General Luis before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND:

  • EDSA Main Ave. to P. Tuazon (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • C-5 Road C.P Garcia Bridge approach B
  • Taguig City fronting Palar Village 245 M before KM 17+000


Motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and use alternate routes instead.Affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Tuesday, August 27, the MMDA said.

DPWH to conduct road repairs from August 16-19

Robie de Guzman   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways is set to conduct road repairs and reblocking from August 16 (Friday) to August 19 (Monday), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the road repair will start at 11 p.m. later in the following roads:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Sojen and fronting Chevrolet (5th lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA from Magallanes – Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes – Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • Katipunan Ave. from approach Boni Serrano Tunnel (truck lane)
  • Quezon City along EDSA Southbound between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

EASTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Theresa Heights and before Belfast (inner lane)
  • Elliptical Rd before Commonwealth Ave. (7th lane from outer sidewalk)


WESTBOUND

  • General Luis before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA before New York St. (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • C-5 Road C.P Garcia approach to Kalayaan Ave. Ext.


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

Affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday, August 19.

QC gov’t rids Cubao area of dirt, stench

Maris Federez   •   August 12, 2019

The Quezon City Task Force for Transport and Traffic Management on Monday (August 12) conducted a clean-up drive on the sidewalks within Cubao area.

The group cleaned up not just the obvious obstructions on the streets but also the filth and foul smell in the area.

Barangay E. Rodriguez fire brigade sprayed water on the sidewalks along Aurora Blvd. up to EDSA.

“Sobra po kasing mabaho diyan, mapanghi. Yung mga dumadaan po, sila rin po ang umiihi diyan, [the stench of urine is too strong. The passersby are the ones urinating here],” a resident in the area said.

The team did not stop until the area is free of stench.

They also confiscated the merchandise of illegal vendors that cause inconvenience to pedestrians.

QC traffic czar Atty. Ariel Inton noted the disorderly parking spaces of establishments in the area that cause traffic congestion along Aurora Blvd.

“Sa isang pag-aaral namin, itong Aurora Boulevard, walang loading and unloading zone ng mga jeepney. Tapos ‘tong mga naka-park na sasakyan, imagine how many are those parked along Aurora na labas pasok; at bawat labas pasok sa kitid ng Aurora, eh babarahan mo ‘yan [As we noted, Aurora Blvd has no loading and unloading zones for jeepneys. And these vehicles parked here, imagine how many are those parked along Aurora. They cause congestion],” Inton said.

Because of this, the QC local government has vowed to strictly implement the laws pertaining to cleanliness and orderliness in the city.

Atty. Inton hopes that this will serve as a warning to the public to abide by the laws and help in maintaining the city clean. (with reports from Asher Cadapan) /mbmf

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