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

Marje Pelayo   •   November 20, 2020   •   158

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.

Another EDSA U-turn slot to close Dec. 7 – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   December 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Another U-turn slot along EDSA would be closed to vehicular traffic starting next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the EDSA-Bagong Barrio U-turn slot will be closed starting December 7.

Affected motorists are advised to take the Monumento Circle as an alternative route.

The MMDA said the closure of EDSA U-turn slots is in line with the EDSA Busway project.

“Isinasara ang mga U-turn slot sa EDSA bilang bahagi ng patuloy na efforts ng MMDA para mapabilis ang biyahe ng mga commuters sa EDSA Carousel Bus Routes,” it said.

“Inaasahan ang kooperasyon at buong pag-unawa ng lahat,” it added. The MMDA began gradually closing U-turn slots along EDSA last September.

MMDA mulls over reopening 2 U-turn slots in EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 26, 2020

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the House Committee on Transportation are reviewing the reopening of two U-turn slots on EDSA.

The agency said they have received numerous complaints due to the severe traffic being experienced by motorists along EDSA from Quezon Avenue to Balintawak following the closure of U-turn slots in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare to give way to the EDSA Busway.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they already discussed with the House Committee on Transportation about reopening two U-turn slots.

May plano po tayo na magbalik ng dalawang U-turn slots maybe dito sa may North Avenue and Congressional pero may infrastructure po tayo na gagawin diyan para hindi maabala flow ng traffic (We have plans to reopen two U-turn slots along North Avenue and Congressional but we will install an infrastructure there so as not to disrupt the flow of traffic),” he said.

The MMDA reported there are 200,000 – 300,000 vehicles plying EDSA every day.

The agency will also implement a Stop and Go scheme for vehicles plying A. Bonifacio and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

Pasig River Ferry service resumes operations – MMDA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Pasig River Ferry Service (PRFS) has resumed operations after repair works on damaged pontoons due to the onslaught of Typhoon Ulysses were completed, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, the MMDA said the operational stations are Pinagbuhatan in Pasig City; Guadalupe in Makati City; Hulo in Mandaluyong City; Lambingan, Sta. Ana, Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), Escolta and Lawton in Manila City.

The Ferry service will operate from Monday to Saturday, from 6 am to 6 pm, the MMDA added.

“For the safety of the passengers against the Coronavirus Disease 2019 spread, the PRFS is implementing health and safety protocols, such as wearing of face shield and face mask, temperature check, and observing the physical distancing inside the ferry stations and boats,” the agency said.

“Passengers must fill up a manifest form and commuter information sheet before boarding,” it added.

The MMDA previously suspended the operations of the ferry service after pontoons or docking platforms for boats were damaged at the height of Typhoon “Ulysses” two weeks ago.

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