MMDA suspends road works to ease traffic

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IN a move seen to ease the expected traffic congestion during the holiday season, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will suspend all road works and diggings in the metropolis.

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MMDA Chairperson Francis Tolentino on Wednesday said the moratorium will cover all national and city roads and will take effect on December 15 up to midnight of January 5, 2015.

Once the moratorium takes effect, contractors will be directed to install steel plates and cover the diggings and allow vehicles to pass through for the meantime.

Tolentino said he will ask the Department of Public Works and Highways to instruct their contractors to comply with the moratorium.

The MMDA is expecting a 20-percent increase in traffic volume this Christmas season because of the influx of people and vehicles from nearby provinces such as Cavite, Laguna and Bulacan who will do their shopping in Metro Manila.

The MMDA chief earlier said that many of the alternate routes they identified as “Christmas lanes” are ineffective during the holidays because of street diggings.

In 2013, the MMDA designated 17 special routes dubbed “Christmas and Mabuhay lanes” to help motorists avoid heavy traffic along major thoroughfares.

Tolentino also advised shoppers to do their Christmas shopping early or go shopping in malls nearest their place to avoid traffic jams.

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