A unified traffic management scheme will be implemented in all major thoroughfares of Metro Manila in anticipation of worsened traffic conditions amid the simultaneous construction of key road projects.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino said that proponents of the Skyway Stage 3 have already submitted their traffic management plans set to be implemented in areas affected by the project.
However, Tolentino said that it would be better if all local governments in Metro Manila devise their own traffic management plan since they would also be affected by the expected traffic congestion.
He said all traffic plans would 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 told the agency’s weekly radio program.
Besides Skyway Stage 3, a number of road and infrastructure projects are lined up to start this year, including the NAIA elevated expressway, Santa Monica-Lawton Bridge, Makati Avenue underpass, and the Pasay-Taft flyover, among others.
The MMDA fears that these road projects, which will be constructed simultaneously, will inevitably cause gridlocks that will inconvenience motorists and commuters.
Tolentino said that a traffic summit would be called by the MMDA on February 10 to iron out the unified traffic management plan.
He said all local government officials and various stakeholders are invited to attend the summit.
The summit will also discuss proposals to increase bicycle lanes and implement an intensified unified campaign against illegally parked vehicles in Metro Manila.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila mayors have approved the extension of the modified uniform truck ban regulation for another six months.
The extension, from this month up to July 5, gives the Special Traffic Committee of the Metro Manila Council (MMC), headed by Mayor Herbert Bautista of Quezon City, adequate time to come up with permanent regulations on trucks in affected streets and major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.
Metro Manila mayors approved the move during the recent meeting of the MMC, the policy-making body of the MMDA.
Under the modified regulation, trucks and heavy vehicles with a gross capacity weight of more than 4,500 kilograms are not allowed on major thoroughfares from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. every day except Sundays and holidays.
Trucks carrying perishable goods such as agricultural products will continue to be exempted from the new truck ban resolution.
The total truck ban in EDSA from Magallanes, Makati City, to North Avenue in Quezon City shall remain in effect the whole day from Monday to Sunday.