U-turn slot at Commonwealth Ave to close beginning March 29
admin • March 27, 2018 • 5131
MRT-7. Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will begin on Thursday the construction of MRT Line-7 along Commonwealth Avenue. Heavy traffic is expected.
MANILA, Philippines — On Thursday, March 29, the U-turn slot on Commonwealth Avenue near Philcoa will be closed to motorists as EEI Corporation will begin the excavation of a tunnel for the MRT Line-7.
“Magkakaroon na ng major movement dito sa Commonwealth going to Circle. Maghuhukay na ang MRT-7 pailalim ng Circle, so gagawa na ng tunnel. We need to close down some lanes sa Commonwealth,” said Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) general manager Jojo Garcia.
(There will be major movement in Commonwealth going to Circle. Excavations will begin for MRT-7 that will reach the underground of Circle. A tunnel will be made so we need to close down some lanes along Commonwealth.)
Instead of turning right, the MMDA advised motorists to turn to Commonwealth Avenue, east bound lane, and to ply the stretch of Commonwealth Avenue.
The MMDA and the EEI Corporation vowed to set up appropriate traffic signs and signaling lights to assist affected motorists.
The closure of the U-turn slot will begin on the March 29 at 12 noon. Authorities will reopen it to motorists in August.
The heavier traffic flow is expected to affect an estimated of 13,000 motorists who use the U-turn slot during rush hour.
The contractor of the MRT-7 vows to follow the schedule for the construction to avoid any delay in the project.
Should the contractor fail to follow the timeline, the MMDA will impose a fine of P25,000 daily until it follows their agreement.
“Napakalinaw po ng instruction namin sa EEI. Yung work area hindi sila pwedeng lumagpas dun. Kung may heavy equipment paparada diyan, just let us know, papahinto natin yan or magpepenalty sila,” said Garcia.
(Our instructions to EEI are very clear: they should not go beyond the work area. So if a heavy equipment parks there, let us know, we will order a halt and they will face penalties.) — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warns the public of heavier traffic in Metro Manila during ‘ber’ months.
The MMDA expects the volume of vehicles to increase by us much as 20% in October. Based on their data, around 410,000 vehicles have been traversing EDSA in the past few days.
According to MMDA EDSA Traffic Head Bong Nebrija, this is higher than the recorded volume of vehicles in December last year.
“Halimbawa na lang kung ang isang bote ay may kapasidad na 268 [thousand] tapos lalagyan ng 410 [thousand], ay imaginin niyo na lang ang mangyayari, (For example, a bottleneck has a capacity of 268 [thousand cars] then you will place 410 [thousand]. Imagine what will happen)” he said.
MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago assured the Mabuhay Lanes are free of obstruction.
“Iyong mga Mabuhay Lanes po namin sustained and maintained by MMDA. Okay naman po iyon, wala namang obstruction iyon na nakikita niyo 24/7, (Our Mabuhay Lanes are sustained and maintained by MMDA. [The roads] are okay, there are obstructions. You can see it 24/7)” she said.
Meanwhile, local government units (LGU) continue to conduct road clearing operations to maintain roads in the National Capital Region.—AAC (with reports from Vincent Arboleda).
Motorists were advised to avoid Roxas Boulevard, Mel Lopez Avenue and other areas in Manila en route to the Port of Manila on Friday (Aug 9) due to the truck build-up.
This was after the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) temporarily ceased the operations of port cranes due to the strong winds brought by the bad weather.
“As a result, nag-ipon ipon iyong mga trucks sa port gates (the trucks at the port gates built up) and surrounding premises, contributing to vehicular congestion along major thoroughfares leading to/from port gates in South Harbor,” according to PPA General Manager Jay Santiago.
Several parts of Manila experienced heavy traffic early Friday due to the truckers in the Port Area.
Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno reminded truck operators and drivers to maintain road discipline. The Manila mayor laments that these truck drivers occupy lanes not intended for them.
“Nakisuyo kami sa mga truck operator na kausapin maigi iyong kanilang mga driver. Kapag traffic, traffic. Huwag nating buntisin ang kalsada (We implore truck operators to remind their drivers that if it is traffic, it’s traffic. Let us not occupy all the lanes). Let’s follow the lane given to them,” he said.—AAC (with reports from April Cenedoza)
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