MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is planning to close a total of 15 U-Turn slots on EDSA.
The plan aims to facilitate the construction of mass transport facilities in an effort to speed up traffic flow of buses on Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare.
“We want to lessen the travel time. Kung ma-achieve natin iyan by minimizing or closing the U-turn slots on this bus way ay malaking impact iyan. Mas mabilis,” said MMDA EDSA Traffic Chief Edison Nebrija.
U-Turn slots that might be closed include:
Quezon City Academy
Nebrija added that the project will exclusively assign the innermost lanes of EDSA for public utility buses in order to decongest traffic.
Though MMDA expects to receive mounting complaints from commuters and operators, Nebrija said the project’s purpose is ultimately to provide convenience to the greater public.
“Well maraming magrereklamo diyan. Baka may mag-file na naman ng TRO (Well, many will complain. Maybe another TRO will be filed),” he said.
Nonetheless, the MMDA is still open to suggestions and ideas on how improve EDSA’s busway system. MNP (with reports from Dante Amento)
MANILA, Philippines — The construction of the elevated busways in several areas along EDSA will begin in four months, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos Jr. said the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to submit the design by next week.
After the design submission, Abalos said the bidding process will begin.
“We have to go [through] the process of bidding of procurement which is about 3-4 months. Give us four months matatapos na po ito (it will be completed). Gagawin namin ito sa corner ng (We will construct this at the corner of) Quezon City and Caloocan.”
The MMDA said the elevated busway is among the solutions to ease traffic along EDSA.
“There is only one way to beat this. It’s what we called the elevated bus ramps,” Abalos added.
The MMDA chairman said the agency has around P200 million budget from the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Quezon City local government to fund the said project.
The agency is also looking for more ways to further increase its budget for the construction of the busways. -AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)
Vehicular traffic along Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped early Wednesday night following a shooting incident reported near the Ever Gotesco Mall, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
In an advisory, the MMDA said traffic on the eastbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped due to the armed encounter.
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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced it will open a zipper lane along the eastbound direction of White Plains Avenue in Quezon City on Thursday, February 25, for the celebration of the 35th EDSA People Power Revolution.
In an advisory, the MMDA said the zipper lane or counterflow scheme will be opened in front of Camp Aguinaldo Gate 5 and will accommodate the volume of vehicles going to EDSA.
Plastic barriers and traffic cones shall be installed to guide the motorists on the use of the zipper lane along White Plains and at the sidewalk along EDSA in front of the People Power Monument, it added.
The agency also said that a simple and short program will be held at the People Power Monument at 8 a.m. but there will be no road closure.
As part of its traffic management plan in coordination with the Philippine National Police and the local government unit of Quezon City, the MMDA said it will deploy traffic marshals to manage traffic flow along White Plains and other areas of concern as early as 4 a.m.
“Road clearing operations will also be conducted to remove illegally-parked vehicles at the areas of concern, including Temple Drive and EDSA Shrine,” it added.
The MMDA assured that minimum health protocols set by Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) such as physical distancing, mandatory wearing of face mask and face shield, will be observed among its personnel to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease amid the general community quarantine status in Metro Manila.
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