IN a bid to decongest the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday revealed its plan to construct more road links and vehicular underpasses in the metropolis.
Among the projects to be undertaken this year by the DPWH include a bridge that would link Bonifacio Gobal City (BGC) in Taguig City and Ortigas Center in Pasig City and vehicular underpasses in Makati Business District.
The projects were presented on Tuesday by the DPWH before the sectoral committee on infrastructure development of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority-Regional Development Council (MMDA-RDC).
According to DPWH, the “Bonifacio Global City to Ortigas Center Link Road Project” will provide uninterrupted through the lanes viaduct connecting the two business districts.
It will also improve accessibility between the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Taguig and Makati.
With the new connecting bridge, some of the traffic on EDSA and the C5 Road woulld be relieved and travel time is expected to improve from 9 kilometers-per-hour to 28 kph.
“The average travel time for the influence corridor will increase from 9 kph to 28 kph,” said DPWH.
It also added that travel time between the BGC and the Ortigas Center during peak hours would improve by some 15 percent or from 7.5 kph. to 8.7 kph.
“Overall travel speed on the entire network is expected to increase by 6 percent,” it added.
Engr. Virgilio Bonsol of the DPWH said the construction of the project will start this July and is scheduled to be completed by June of 2016.
Meanwhile, the Makati vehicular underpasses will be constructed in Sen. Gil Puyat/Makati Avenue-Paseo De Roxas, and South Luna and McKinley Ramps.
The 570-meter underpass project involves the construction of a four lane divided vehicle underpass along the innermost lanes of Senator Gil Puyat Avenue passing through Makati Avenue and Paseo De Roxas intersections.
The project starts at the Makati Avenue going west towards Ayala Avenue and ends at Paseo de Roxas going east towards EDSA and Kalayaan Avenue.
While the C-5 to McKinley Ramps will provide direct access ramp from C-5 Northbound lane going to McKinley Hill.
According to the DPWH, the P1.2 billion project will be locally funded and is expected to reduce traffic congestion in the area by some 50 percent.
The DPWH vowed to implement traffic measures in areas that would be affected by the said projects.
For his part, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said they will enforce a traffic plan to lessen the traffic problems these projects would create.
RITCHIE A. HORARIO