MMDA closes U-turn slot on EDSA-Muñoz starting Oct. 26

Marje Pelayo   •   October 26, 2020   •   242

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is closing the U-turn slot near Panorama Building and Waltermart on EDSA-Muñoz starting Monday (October 26).

The closure is in line with the EDSA busway project that aims to provide faster mobility for the riding public, the agency said in an advisory.

Affected motorists are advised to take the Quezon Avenue Service Road U-turn slot (northbound) or Dario Bridge U-turn slot (southbound) as alternate route.

The agency planned to close all U-turn slots along EDSA to designate the inner lane for the smooth operation of the EDSA Busway project. 

The agency had already closed two U-turn slots situated on North Avenue near Trinoma Shopping Mall and the one in front of Quezon City Academy.

Aside from the earlier announced U-turn slots, the MMDA also plans to close other U-turn slots namely: De Jesus, Gen. Tinio, Malvar, and Biglang-Awa in Caloocan City; Balintawak, Kaingin, Landers, Dario Bridge, Walter Mart, Timog, and Santolan in Quezon City.

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MMDA collects 841 tons of ‘Ulysses’ garbage in Marikina, San Mateo

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 24, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) collected 841.34 tons of garbage in Marikina City and San Mateo in Rizal during the post- Typhoon Ulysses cleanup.

According to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, clearing operations continue in affected areas where at least 150 personnel are deployed onsite.

Garbage collected includes broken appliances, furniture, equipment, soiled stuff and clothing.

“Our personnel shall continue rendering assistance to affected residents until local government units’ rehabilitation works are completed. We are always ready to help in restoring normalcy in the affected communities,” he said.

Areas of operation in Marikina City are in Barangays Malanday, Sto. Niño and Tañong, particularly Provident Village, while areas of operation in San Mateo, Rizal are in Barangays Guitnang Bayan, Banaba, and Sta. Ana. AAC

MMDA to close 2 more EDSA U-turn slots on November 23

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Two more U-turn slots along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) will be closed starting Monday (November 23) in line with the EDSA Busway project.

The said move aims to provide faster mobility for the commuting public, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said in an advisory.

Traffic advisory signages were installed in the vicinity for the closure of the two U-turn slots located along EDSA near Oliveros Drive and Balintawak Market.

Affected motorists are advised to take the following detour routes:

From northbound going southbound, affected vehicles may take the Balintawak Interchange, General Malvar/Bagong Barrio U-turn slot.

From southbound going northbound, affected vehicles may take Quezon Avenue service road U-turn.

The EDSA Busway designates the innermost lane of EDSA as an exclusive lane for public utility buses (PUBs) travelling along the national highway, from Monumento in Caloocan to SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

“The government’s goal of providing safe, reliable, and efficient travel for commuters along the country’s main thoroughfare will further continue in coordination with concerned agencies,” said MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim said.

Other alternative routes for closed U-turn slots between North Avenue and Manila Central University in Monumento are as follows:

For vehicles coming from Manila going to Bagong Barrio:

• Coming from A. Bonifacio Ave., turn right at Del Monte Ave. then turn left at Banawe Ave., then turn left to Sgt. Rivera Ave., then cross A. Bonifacio Ave. taking C-3 Road then turn right at Rizal Ave. going to Monumento

  • Or turn left on 7th Ave. then turn right on Rizal Ave. going to Monumento

For vehicles coming from Grace Park going to EDSA Northbound:

• Take 10th Ave. until Rizal Ave. to Monumento

For vehicles coming from Manila going to NLEX:

• From Rizal Avenue, turn right on 5th Ave. to make a U-turn, then cross Rizal Ave. going to NLEX Harbor Link C-3 Entry Ramp

• From A. Bonifacio Ave., turn right at Del Monte Ave. then turn left at Banawe Ave., then turn left to Sgt. Rivera Ave., then cross A. Bonifacio Ave. taking C-3 Road to enter NLEX using C-3 entry ramp

For vehicles coming from Howmart Road to EDSA Southbound (SB):

• Take Cloverleaf NW Loop going to A. Bonifacio Avenue

• Take SW Loop going to EDSA Southbound

For those coming from Project 8, Quezon City area going EDSA SB to Cubao/Makati:

• Take inner roads to Mindanao Ave.

• From Mindanao Ave., either:

1. Make a U-turn then make a right turn to Road 1 until you reach Visayas Ave., then proceed to QC Circle and exit at either Quezon Ave., East Ave. or Kalayaan Ave.

2. Make a left turn to North Ave., then right turn at Agham Road until you reach Quezon Ave.

Isa pang U-turn slot sa EDSA, isasara simula sa Nov. 9 —MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagpa-alala ang Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) sa mga motorista na isasara na simula sa Lunes, Nobyembre 9 ang EDSA U-turn slot na malapit sa Dario Bridge sa pagitan ng Balintawak at Muñoz sa Quezon City.

Ayon sa MMDA, magsisilbing alternatibong ruta ang kasunod na U-turn slot na malapit sa Balintawak at Oliveros Drive.

Pero ayon kay MMDA EDSA Traffic Czar Edison Nebrija, ang nasabing U-turn ay nakatakda na ring isara sa mga susunod na araw upang bigyang-daan ang EDSA Busway route.

Una nang sinabi ng ahensiya na layunin ng pagsasara ng mga U-turn slot ang mapabilis at maisaayos ang biyahe ng mga commuter sa EDSA Busway.

“The traffic system that we want to implement in Metro Manila is moving people not cars,” ang pahayag ni Nebrija.

“Itong bus lane na ito, it will minimize the travel time to at least one hour and a half from Monumento to MOA. So, maybe this is not for everyone. May mai-inconvenience. But remember, this is high-occupancy public utility vehicle that we are moving faster, more efficient and it’s carrying more passengers,” dagdag pa niya.


Sa kasalukuyan ay tatlong U-turn slots na ang isinara ng MMDA sa kahabaan ng EDSA.

Plano ring ipasara ang labintatlo pang EDSA U-turn sections na nasa ruta ng EDSA Busway habang mananatili namang nakabukas ang labing-apat na U-turn slots na hindi hagip ng traffic scheme.

Maraming motorista ang dumadaing dahil sa malalayo ngayong ikutan ng mga sasakyan.

Ngunit ayon sa MMDA, marami namang dumaan sa mga alternatibong ruta at kung talagang maaabala sa mabigat na trapiko ang private commuters ay sumakay na lamang sila sa mga pampublikong transportasyon.

“Hindi namin inilipat ang traffic. There are so many roads to take. If we will give in to all the complaints of each and every private vehicle owners and rivers, anong mangyayari sa atin?” ang wika ni Nebrija. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr)

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