• MMDA set to implement moratorium on road works

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    THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Sunday announced that it would suspend all road diggings and excavations in Metro Manila in light of the heavy traffic expected during the Christmas season.

    MMDA’s Traffic Engineering Center head Noemi Recio said they are still finalizing the date on the implementation of the moratorium.

    “We are finalizing the date of the implementation whether it will be on December 13 or 16,” Recio said during the MMDA’s weekly radio program.

    The MMDA had issued a circular wherein it “suspended any digging on the road right-of-way, including passageways and sidewalks within the city or municipality of Metro Manila” from December 15 to January 2.

    Recio added that the road works of concessionaires of water utilities would be automatically suspended once the moratorium is set.

    The MMDA advised all public and government agencies to ensure that roadways that have been dug up should be properly restored, passable, clean and serviceable to all vehicles and pedestrians.

    Moreover, Recio said that they are also preparing the roads to be included in the list of so-called Christmas lanes or alternative routes to major destinations in Metro Manila.

    She said some of the roads are no longer feasible for inclusion in the list since some of them are already congested.

    “There are many roads which are no longer advisable because they are already congested and with obstructions, there are illegally parked vehicles,” she added.

    Besides, Recio said they are still working on the directional signs of the new Christmas lanes to guide motorists.

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