TO map out a unified traffic management plan for the entire metropolis, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is conducting a traffic summit on Thursday.
MMDA Traffic Engineering Center Director Noemie Recio said the summit was called by MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino in preparation for the anticipated traffic gridlock from simultaneous construction of major road projects.
Recio said officials and representatives of the MMDA, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Transportation and Communications, local government units (LGUs) and stakeholders involved in the project would take part in the summit.
“We will discuss and formulate an integrated traffic management plan because the road projects will be simultaneously constructed,” she said.
More than 13 road projects will be constructed simultaneously this year, to be completed by 2016.
Besides Skyway Stage 3, a number of road and infrastructure projects are lined up to start this year including NAIA elevated expressway, Santa Monica-Lawton Bridge, Makati Avenue underpass, and the Pasay-Taft flyover, among others.
Tolentino said all traffic plans will be consolidated in order to have a unified and more effective scheme which will be implemented within two years.
“We need a more unified traffic management plan that will be implemented in 13 major roads in Metro Manila until 2016,” Tolentino said.
He added that it is better that all local governments in Metro Manila should have their own traffic management plan since they will also be affected by the traffic gridlock.
For her part, Recio said LGUs’ participation in the summit is very vital since they know all the secondary roads in their area that could be used as alternate routes.
“It is important to involve our LGUs in the summit since they know the possible alternate routes in their area,” she added.
The MMDA expressed fear that these road projects, which will be constructed simultaneously, will inevitably cause traffic nightmare and inconveniences to motorists and commuters.
The summit will also discuss proposals to increase bicycle lanes and implement an intensified unified campaign against illegally parked vehicles in the metropolis.