No Edsa reblocking on Obama state visit

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AFTER motorists got stuck in traffic due to the delays in road works on the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) temporarily suspended re-blocking activities on the major thoroughfare.

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MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency will not issue any permit for road works and re-blocking activities during the two-day state visit in the country of United States (US) President Barack Obama.

Tolentino said he also expects heavy traffic on Edsa during the evangelical mission event of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) around the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) in Pasay City.

The MMDA chief earlier hit contractors and district engineers of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) over the delay in road work on some portions of Edsa.

Although the MMDA and the DPWH had agreed to finish all road work and re-blocking on Edsa during the Holy Week, Tolentino said they are not fully completed.

He said at least 2,000 square meters still needed to be re-blocked along the cities of Mandaluyong and Quezon.

The MMDA chief said the re-blocking activities could be continued after Obama’s state visit.

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