MMDA designates alternate routes for cargo trucks

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IN a move to decongest the Ports of Manila, the Special Traffic Committee of the Metro Manila Council (MMC) on Monday established alternate routes to be used by cargo and delivery trucks for six months.

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The MMC, the policy-making body of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) approved a resolution identifying routes that can be used by cargo trucks from June 10 to December 10, 2014.

“There is a necessity to decongest the Ports of Manila which are now in their capacity level due to the adjustments of the truckers to the Manila truck ban ordinance implemented on February 24,” the resolution read.

The truck ban hours in Metro Manila from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. shall be suspended everyday except Friday on the designated special lane at the 7.6-kilometer stretch of Roxas Boulevard between Ermita, Manila and Paranaque City.

According to the resolution, truckers shall only use the innermost lane on Roxas Blvd. and shall strictly observe the one-lane policy at any given time.

Trucks headed to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) can turn right to C-3, turn left to A. Bonifacio to NLEX going to their destination.

From NLEX to Port Area, trucks can turn right to C-3, left to R-10 to destination.
Covered by the resolution are cargo trucks and heavy vehicles having a gross capacity weight of more than 4,500 kilograms.

“At no time during the whole day will container trucks be allowed to park on A. Bonifacio up to Delpan Bridge and other key roads designated by the City of Manila,” it added.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the move was only a “short term resolution” to the problem of congestion at the port.

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