FEARING that it might cause more traffic problems during the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Friday stopped work on seven road projects along EDSA.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said they had to defer the seven road repair works of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) scheduled from July 19 to 22 in anticipation of the heavy traffic during Monday’s SONA.
“We didn’t issue permits to the seven other re-blocking operations this weekend because we would be implementing traffic rerouting for the President’s SONA on Monday, and the road closures along EDSA might have adverse effects on traffic flow,” Tolentino said.
Deferred for implementation are the re-blocking operations in the portion of EDSA from Gen. Santos Street (3rd lane, southbound) in Pasay City; Home Depot to Oliveros Footbridge, (3rd lane, northbound), Quezon City; JAC Motors to Dario Bridge 1 (4th lane, southbound), Quezon City.
As well as Reliance Street to Libertad Street (northbound), Mandaluyong City; Boni Avenue to Mayon Street (southbound), Mandaluyong City; Buendia to Guadalupe bridge (outer lane, northbound), and Guadalupe bridge to Bernardino Street (outer lane, southbound) in Makati City.
However, Tolentino said that two other road re-blocking and repair projects of DPWH along the main thoroughfare have been approved to push through this weekend.
Allowed to push through are the re-blocking of the third lane of Edsa-Monumento Circle southbound and the portion of Edsa from MCU Hospital to Gen. Santos Street northbound, both in Caloocan City.
The two portions of Edsa will be closed to traffic from July 19 to 22 from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Tolentino reiterated that as per agreement with the DPWH, no repair and excavation works along major thoroughfares in Metro Manila such as EDSA would be implemented without the expressed consent of the MMDA.
He pointed out that the agency would have to inspect the proposed sites for re-blocking and the schedule of the repair works, among other requirements, before it issues permits.
Ritchie A. Horario