Road diggings and excavations in Metro Manila will be temporarily suspended during the Christmas season.
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be implementing a two-week moratorium on road diggings and excavations starting December 14.
The MMDA’s move is in anticipation of the heavy vehicular and pedestrian traffic during Yuletide.
MMDA Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) Director Noemi Recio on Tuesday said the temporary suspension of road works will begin at midnight of December 14 up to midnight of January 3, 2016.
Recio cited the numerous road projects by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), totaling 146 all around Metro Manila.
“If we can stop these projects, we are hopeful that traffic in Metro Manila would not be that heavy and would somehow ease the burden of shoppers during the holiday rush,” Recio told the Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting.
The meeting of MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA composed of the 17 local government units (LGUs), was presided by MMDA Chairman Emerson Carlos.
Recio, however, pointed out that there would be exemptions to the moratorium including the flagship projects of the national government such as the NAIA Skyway and road works that do not obstruct or block vehicular traffic.
She said MMDA would fine any private contractor of the LGU that would violate the moratorium.
“Aside from stopping their excavations, the MMDA will also direct the violators to patch up the diggings so that motorists could use the [road again],” Recio added.
The MMDA has annually been imposing the two-week moratorium since 2008.
Meanwhile, the MMC approved an MMDA resolution, urging earth color as the standard for all footbridges in Metro Manila.
There are more than 100 foot bridges in Metro Manila, painted with different colors depending on the respective LGUs where the foot bridges are located.