Malacañang on Sunday announced the construction of a P1.27-billion underpass that will connect Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati Avenue, and Paseo de Roxas in Makati City to ease traffic congestion in the country’s premier business district.
“This project, which will be finished in 2017, is part of the government’s infrastructure blueprint to help ease the traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in a radio interview.
To commence construction in April, the Makati underpass is one of the infrastructure projects that President Benigno Aquino 3rd approved during the National Economic and Development Authority board meeting in October 2014, according to Coloma.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will carry out the project, Coloma added.
Other approved projects include the construction of three interchanges connecting EDSA-North Avenue-West Avenue-Mindanao Avenue, Circumferential Road 5-Green Meadows-Calle Industria-Eastwood, and another one that connects EDSA-Roosevelt Avenue-Congressional Avenue, all in Quezon City.
Malacañang made the announcement to forewarn commuters so they could do the necessary preparations. “Heavy traffic is expected in Makati once the underpass construction starts,” Coloma said.
The DPWH will coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to mitigate the impact of heavy traffic on offices and businesses, he added.