THE Quezon City (QC) government will augment alternative routes through additional Mabuhay lanes to relieve traffic congestion in Metro Manila’s main thoroughfares.
Under a proposal submitted to Mayor Herbert Bautista by Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) head Elmo San Diego, the proposed additional Mabuhay lanes shall be opened up from Edsa to Mandaluyong City/Makati City; North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) to Marikina/Makati and San Juan City; San Juan/Mandaluyong to Quezon City and Marikina/Pasig City to Quezon City.
Based on the proposal of San Diego, the city shall open up West Avenue for private motorists coming from Edsa going to Mandaluyong City/Makati City while Mindanao Avenue shall be utilized as an alternate route by private vehicles coming from Nlex to Marikina/Makati and San Juan.
To date, there are about seven QC routes being used as Mabuhay lanes.
Meanwhile, to make sure that secondary roads remain open, San Diego said the city government will no longer allow road closures especially during wakes, karaoke sessions and livelihood activities and programs of each barangay in the city.
“It is imperative that we clear all city side streets and secondary roads of any form of obstructions to ensure smooth traffic flow especially along areas which can be used as alternate routes,” San Diego said.
San Diego also assured that adequate traffic personnel would be deployed by the DPOS to ensure smooth traffic flow, especially in various choke points identified by authorities.
Deployment of additional personnel on extended hours will be on Roosevelt Road, Kaingin Road, SM North Edsa, Timog, Kamuning, Aurora Boulevard, Boni Serrano and Quezon Avenue.
He said plans are also underway for the hiring of additional 100 traffic enforcers to be deployed in the night-shift, which is from 6 p.m. up to midnight.
The task group, DPOS, is formed by virtue of an executive order. It has been mandated to strictly implement the provisions of Ordinance SP 2068 which prohibits, among others, the occupation or construction of any structure or shanties in any portion of streets, alleys, sidewalks, open spaces and other public places; apprehension of ‘colorum’ public utility vehicles and tricycles; removal of illegal terminals, illegal markets and vending sites; obstruction of pedestrian paths and sidewalks and easements.