• Heavy traffic seen this weekend

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    EXPECT heavy traffic in some areas in Metro Manila, including the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (Edsa) this weekend.

    According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), heavy traffic will be due to the road repairs and reblocking to be conducted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

    In its advisory, the MMDA said the DPWH will be doing road repairs and reblocking on the following areas from August 2 to 5: along Edsa from Home Depot to Oliveros Footbridge (NB, 3rd lane), Quezon City; along Edsa from Jac Motors to Dario Bridge 1 (SB, 4th lane).

    Vehicle movement will also be tight along Edsa-Monumento Circle (SB, lane 4), QC; along Edsa from Gen. Simon St. to Monumento Circle/between G. De Jesus and Gen. Tirona Street (NB), Caloocan City and along Araneta Avenue from Aurora Boulevard to after Palanza Street, QC.

    The DPWH is allowed to work from 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday.

    MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos said they will be deploying personnel all over the metropolis to ensure that no road works would be digging roads without the necessary permit from the agency.

    Meanwhile, in Quezon City, Mayor Herbert Bautista has ordered department of public order and safety (DPOS) head Elmo San Diego to immediately study routes for the proposed one-way traffic scheme in the city’s six congressional districts.

    Bautista said the one-way traffic scheme per district is part of the city’s compliance with the MMDA’s requirement to amend the city’s traffic law to conform with the long-term plan of MMDA for the construction of a flyover connecting Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) to A. Bonifacio/NLEX via Araneta Avenue and other flyovers that will ease traffic congestion in the city and other parts of the Metro Manila.

    Bautista also directed San Diego to coordinate with the city’s department of engineering and the city planning and development office (CPDO) to come up with a list of city roads that are wide enough to be utilized not only as alternative route, but as diversion for light vehicles to ease the traffic problem on EDSA and other major thoroughfares.

    At the same time, the Mayor asked for an immediate study and plan for the structural and architectural design of an arc or rotunda that will be installed on the city’s boundaries including Mindano Avenue/NLEX and Valenzuela boundary to help commuters recognize that they are entering QC.

    Ritchie A. Horario and Jing Villamente

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