PNP Highway Patrol Group returns to EDSA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 18, 2019   •   1172

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 150 personnel of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group (HPG) are again deployed along the stretch of Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA).

Of the said number, 30 officers were among the teams that provided road security in the recently concluded 30th South East Asian Games (SEA Games).

The HPG will assist the local government units (LGUs) in directing the motorists from EDSA towards the inner roads to decongest traffic.

“Ang mga chokepoints po at traffic points na identified natin ay naglalagay tayo ng pulis doon additional (team),” explained HPG-NCR P/LtCol. Wilson Doromal.

(We deploy additional police personnel at choke points and traffic points.)

“Together with NCRPO, nagko -coordinate kami sa mga district director, (we coordinate with the district director),“ he added.

The HPG also encourages private motorists to take Mabuhay lanes as alternative routes to ease the traffic flow on EDSA. – MNP (with details from Lea Ylagan)

Construction of elevated busways to begin in four months — MMDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 25, 2021

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)

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)

MMDA to close another EDSA U-turn slot starting Oct. 26

Robie de Guzman   •   October 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced it will be closing another U-turn slot along EDSA next week.

In an advisory, the MMDA said the U-turn slot located near Corregidor Street (northbound and southbound) will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Oct. 26.

This follows the closure of the U-turn slots in front of Quezon City Academy and along EDSA North Avenue in the past few weeks.

The agency advised motorists to take detour routes.

For southbound vehicles, they may take the U-turn slot after Dario Bridge/in front of Landers.

Northbound vehicles may take the U-turn slot at EDSA-Quezon Avenue flyover.

The MMDA earlier said the closure of U-turn slots along EDSA is to ensure the smooth operation of the EDSA Busway Project.

The EDSA busway project designates the innermost lane of EDSA as exclusive lane for buses travelling along the national highway.

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