MMDA halts road repairs this Valentine's weekend

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

MANILA, Feb. 13 — In an anticipation of the traffic gridlock on Valentine's Day, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Thursday said there will be no road repairs on Valentine's Day until Monday

Tolentino said operations along EDSA and other major roads will temporary cease due to an expected traffic gridlock on February 14.

Road reblocking operations usually start Friday at 10 p.m. until Monday 5 a.m.

Apart from Valentine's Day, the MMDA is also expecting heavy traffic in the metropolis due to the "Worldwide Walk" of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in Manila on February 15.

MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos said that this coming Saturday expect heavy traffic on Roxas Boulevard in Manila as more than 1.5 million INC members and supporters are expected to participate in the said event.

He said INC members will gather in several locations in Manila, including Del Pan, Quiapo underpass, Roxas Boulevard, and will march up to Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

"We are expecting traffic congestion so we will not allow road repairs along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) to minimize inconveniences they would cause to commuters and motorists," said Carlos.

According to the INC, the national event would be conducted simultaneously in major cities of the Philippines and around the world aimed to raise money and extend help for the victims of the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

Motorists and commuters earlier expressed disgust after experiencing heavy traffic on EDSA due to road repairs and reblocking weeks ago.

MMDA has also advised motorists to be alert as road works, such as sidewalk repairs, asphalt overlays, pothole patching, along EDSA will be conducted for the rest of the year. (PNA)

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