MMDA presents recommendations to ease traffic in 15 major infrastructure projects

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

MANILA, Feb. 13 — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Thursday presented some 20 recommendation on how to ease the traffic condition in Metro Manila once the 15 major road projects begin.

Speaking before participants of the MMDA Traffic Management Summit 2 at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati City, MMDA Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) Director Neomie Recio said the recommendations include dissemination of info; allocate budget for info dissemination; road widening; alternate routes; zipper lane; deploying 50 traffic enforcers in addition to alternate routes; all contractors should assign tow trucks at the construction area; monitoring the project at least once month for project update status; restoration of lights, footbridges, pedestrian, loading and unloading; management of lanes, implementation of traffic management scheme; removal of affected utilities; road widening first before the building of the structure; enough street light illumination especially under the viaduct; install CCTV in the construction area and should be connected to MMDA Command Center.

Recio also presented some of the possible alternate routes which could be adopted within two years.

She said that some of the roads will be simultaneously used as alternate routes by at least three infrastructure projects.

"Our fear is that there are also some overlapping alternate routes," Recio explained.

She cited Roxas Boulevard that will be used as an alternate route once the construction of EDSA flyover, NAIA expressway and Skyway Stage 3 start.

Meanwhile, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino on Thursday appealed to the contractors of the 15 major infrastructure projects slated to be completed in 2016 to be accountable for the safety and traffic management concerns of their respective projects.

Tolentino noted that at the start of the road projects, most contractors usually don't mind the possible effect to traffic of their construction work.

"Most of the contractors usually don't care of the traffic situation as a result of their construction work. So, I am asking them to be accountable enough," he said during the summit.

Tolentino said his agency is willing to train the contractors' flagmen on traffic management.

The MMDA Chief also stressed on the importance of keeping the project sites safe for pedestrians and convenient to motorists by providing alternate routes.

"Kailngan pag-usapan ito at magbigay ng proper communication sa public. You need to provide safe walkways and alternative routes," he said.

Tolentino also called on the summit participants to come up with doable solutions to alleviate the expected traffic congestion to be generated across Metro Manila by the 15 infrastructure projects.

Two of the projects, the Skyway 3 project and the NAIA Expressway Phase 2 will begin construction on Monday (February 17).

"We are here because we know that the events in the next two to six years can only turn ugly first better it can get better. We are here to manage the situation we are faced with," he said.

Tolentino again called on Metro residents, commuters and motorists to be prepared to make lifetsyle and commuting changes as the construction of the 15 major infrastructure projects get underway in the coming months.

One of the highlight project is the Skyway Stage 3, that will be implemented by the Department of Transformation and Communication Toll Regulatory Board.

The project is divided into four sectors: Sector 1- Buendia to Plaza Dilao (Approximately 3.4km), Sector 2- Plaza Dilao to Aurora (Approximately 3.9km), Sector 3- Aurora to Quezon Ave. (Approximately 2.8km), Sector – Quezon Ave. to Monumento (Approximately 4.7km).

Skyway Stage 3 aims to build for quality, progress and to increase the interaction among regions. The benefits of this project is to serve new route for the public, to decongest traffic along EDSA, safety of riding public and cuts travel time from two hours to just 15 minutes.

The proposed project is expected to be completed by 2017.

Aside from the Skyway Stage 3 and the NAIA Expressway Phase 2 project, also scheduled for construction within the next coming months are the Gil Puyat-Makati-Avenue-Paseo de Roxas underpass,Sta. Monica-Lawton Avenue bridge, CP Garcia Avenue-McKinley Hill ramp, repair and asphalt overlay of Magallanes Interchange, EDSA-Taft Avenue flyover, MRT Line 3/ LRT Line 1 extension common station, LRT Line 2 East extension up to Masinag, LRT Line 1 Extension (Cavite), EDSA- Roosevelt Ave. interchange, Espana Avenue-Lacson Avenue interchange, repair and rehabilitation and improvement of South Superhighway Makati, the NLEX-SLEX connector road and the EDSA-West Avenue-North Avenue interchange.

The MMDA earlier proposed that campuses in Manila's university belt area which will be affected by these infrastructure projects, to relocate their classes to satellite campuses outside of Metro Manila.

Also present in the summit were Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, who is also chairman of the Traffic Committee of the Metro Manila Council (MMC).

Bautista urged various local governments in the metropolis to make their own traffic management plan which will indicate possible alternate routes in their area. (PNA) lgi/CLTC/APD (OJT)

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