Learn: Decongesting EDSA traffic once Build, Build, Build road projects are complete
Maris Federez • August 19, 2019 • 782
The Duterte administration has been relentless in carrying out infrastructure projects under the Build, Build, Build program which is expected to decongest the traffic along E. delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).
This move is prompted by the fact that despite the policies being implemented by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to solve the traffic problem in Metro Manila, it seemed to have gotten worse due to the increasing volume of vehicles and the lack of discipline among motorists.
MMDA traffic chief, Col. Edison “Bong” Nebrija claims that “volume talaga ang problema natin [(vehicle) volume is the real problem]. I mean, hindi naman ito ganito noong summer na walang pasok hindi rin naman ganito to noong hindi tag-ulan. So we will be managing as it is kasi wala naman talaga kaming bagong polisiya [I mean, it wasn’t like this last summer when students were on vacation; it wasn’t also like this during the dry season when there is no rain. So we will be managing as it is as we don’t really have new policy].”
Based on original design, EDSA can only accommodate around 260,000 passing vehicles per day.
The latest MMDA information, however, showed that vehicles passing EDSA every day have already exceeded 400,000.
To date, travel speed along EDSA is at 19 kph, and traversing the whole stretch of the said national highway will take around two hours.
And to address this concern, alternative routes such as the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX- SLEX Connector and the C-5 South-link Expressway had been put into place.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said once the Skyway Stage 3 is completed, there will no longer be a need for the more than a thousand motorists to pass by the whole stretch of EDSA from Makati, Manila and Quezon City and vice versa.
The NLEX-SLEX Connector is also seen as a big help in curbing the volume of vehicles going to and from Manila, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela.
Even the opening to C5-Southlink expressway is expected to somehow decongest EDSA as it will provide an alternative route to motorists in going to the southern portion of Metro Manila and back.
The MMDA estimated that around 100,000 vehicles will be reduced along EDSA once the projects are completed and become open to the public.
“Well, it will increase the length of our road networks. Alam naman natin na [We all know that] we are lacking 3,000 kms of road network. If that happens, it means almost 1/4 of the volume that we have. It’s almost two lanes ang mape- free up natin [will be freed]. That’s a big advantage to us,” Nebrija added. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will implement traffic adjustments and traffic rerouting starting February 14, Friday in areas along Alabang in Muntinlupa City and Balintawak in Quezon City to give way to the ongoing construction of Skyway Extension and Skyway Stage 3 projects.
In an advisory, the MMDA said that beginning 11 p.m. Friday, one lane closure will be implemented on EDSA Balintawak Northbound towards North Luzon Expressway to give way to the erection of vertical bridge support under the EDSA Bridge as part of the Skyway Stage 3 project.
Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento are advised take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
Meanwhile, two lanes will be closed on EDSA Balintawak going to Cubao on Sunday, February 16 for the erection of interconnection flatform tower on top of EDSA Bridge.
Light vehicles coming from Monumento via EDSA before reaching Balintawak may turn right to A. de Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.
The MMDA said the lane closures will be until March 5.
The agency also announced that starting 6 a.m. of February 16, one-way traffic scheme for southbound vehicles will be implemented in West Service Road of South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Alabang Hills to Alabang Zapote Road to give way to the construction of Skyway Extension from Hillsborough to Filinvest Exit.
Skyway-Hillsborough off-ramp will be closed to traffic, and Class 2 vehicles such as buses and delivery vans from Magallanes to Alabang are not allowed along the elevated Skyway.
One-way traffic will also be implemented on Northbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., daily.
The MMDA said the same traffic scheme will also be implemented along Skyway from Sucat Interchange to Alabang-Zapote Road and on Southbound lane of Alabang temporary Steel Ramp daily from 9 a.m. to 5 a.m. of the following day.
The agency said the construction will last for three months.
Affected vehicles northbound are advised to take the Alabang via-duct at grade level.
Further, girders will also be launched along A. Bonifacio where one lane going to NLEX will remain passable and two lanes for those going to Manila for eight nights from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. on February 22 to 29.
Motorists are advised to take the following alternate routes:
1. Light vehicles going to NLEX and Monumento may take the Balintawak Interchange ramp going to Cubao and take the U-turn slot after Cloverleaf Market going to NLEX.
2. Light vehicles going to Novaliches and NLEX may take zipper lane at the left immediately before the construction site towards destination.
3. Light vehicles from NLEX (going to Manila/Caloocan) may take the Balintawak Interchange Ramp going to Monumento via EDSA then left to A. De Jesus St. then left to C3 to destination.
The MMDA said the construction will last for 21 days or until March 5.
The Skyway Stage 3 is a 14.8-kilometer elevated tollway project which connects Skyway/SLEX Buendia to NLEX Balintawak while the Skyway Extension project extends the existing toll road to Susana Heights/Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway.
Both the Skyway Stage 3 and Skyway Extension Projects are part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program.
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