Repair of 8 major roads may snarl traffic

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SECTIONS of at least eight major thoroughfares in Quezon and Caloocan cities will undergo repairs this weekend and motorists were advised to steer clear of these areas.

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According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the concrete re-blocking and road repair works will start on Friday and end on Monday.

In Quezon City, roads that will be repaired are the following:

Commonwealth Avenue, from Luzon Avenue to North Susana (northbound, fourth lane); Quirino Highway, from Belfast Avenue to Regalado North Avenue (southbound, fourth lane); EDSA from North Avenue to Corregidor Road (northbound, fourth lane); EDSA from Oliveros Street to Kaingin Road (southbound, fourth lane); C.P. Garcia Avenue, between Magiting Streeet and University Avenue (going University Avenue, first lane from sidewalk); and Elliptical Road, between East Avenue and Visayas Avenue (going Visayas Avenue, fourth and fifth lane from sidewalk)

On the other hand, the following routes are also scheduled to be rehabilitated in Caloocan City: EDSA Caloocan City afer Malvar U-Turn slot to Hyundai (southbound, Lane 1 beside center island); and EDSA Caloocan City from Bank of Makati to Asuncion Street (northbound, Lane 5 near center island).

Like in the past, MMDA personnel will conduct the repairs beginning 10 p.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Monday.

Meanwhile, the MMDA has asked the First Philippine Industrial Corporation (FPIC) to rush work on a segment of its fuel pipeline in Makati City as it might cause monstrous traffic jams during the opening of classes in June.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the ongoing pipeline works being undertaken by FPIC has already affected traffic in parts of Osmeña Highway going toward Manila.

The FPIC is the operator of the 117-kilometer pipeline that leaked oil in Barangay Bangkal in Makati City two years ago.

The Lopez-run company earlier said the southbound lane of the Magallanes or Osmeña service road leading to EDSA will remain closed for the next two months.

“We have appealed to the FPIC to speed up their project, if they can finish it in three weeks before the opening of classes,” said Tolentino, who urged the company to work overtime to expedite its operation.

He expressed concern that the slow traffic would even reach up to Roxas Boulevard in the coming days.

While the Osmeña service road is closed to traffic, the MMDA advised motorists to take inside streets of Lacuna, Apolinario, Belarmino, toward Magallanes or EDSA.

Once the pipeline project is over, the MMDA will start working on its drainage project covering the cities of Makati and Pasay.

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