MMDA urges DPWH to consult MMC over EDSA rehabilitation project

January 16, 2013 11:48 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 16 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Wednesday has urged the Dept. of Public Works and Highways to consult the Metro Manila Council (MMC) on the planned major rehabilitation of the 23.8-km long Epifanio de los Santos Avenue.

“Dapat muna nating idulog ito sa Metro Manila mayors and sa publiko. Ang kaso hindi pa natin nakikita ang plano (But the case is we haven’t seen the plan yet). Consultations must be done first," MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said in a telephone interview.

Tolentino said the DPWH should also consult the Metro Manila Council (MMC), the agency’s policy-making body whose 17 members are the Metro mayors, the business community and the public on their plan as it would affect everyone’s lives in the metropolis.

Tolentino added they are one with the DPWH in their aim of improving EDSA for the public especially considering that it is the metropolis’ prime thoroughfare used by tens of thousands of public and private vehicles on a daily basis.

Tolentino further explained that the impact of such a major rehabilitation work, particularly on traffic management, is not limited to one city or local government alone that’s why the need for consultations and alternative routes.

On a daily basis, about 316, 345 public and private vehicles passed EDSA making it the busiest roadway in the metropolis.

The highway has 12 lanes, six for each portion (south and north-bound).

The DPWH is set to undertake a major rehabilitation that will last to a year of the 23.8-km long EDSA.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the P3.4 billion EDSA rehabilitation project is now on its final stage of planning.

At the same time, the official said they will come up with alternative routes and the schedule of rehabilitation works adding that majority of the work will be done during the weekends to avoid causing traffic jams.(PNA)

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