PNP-HPG to implement adjustment for more effective traffic management along EDSA –Marquez

September 9, 2015 4:52 am 

MANILA, Sept. 8 – As the Philippine National Police (PNP)–Highway Patrol Group (HPG) wrapped up its second day of managing traffic along Epifanio Delos Santos Ave. (EDSA), PNP Chief Ricardo Marquez said on Tuesday they will implement adjustment in traffic management until they reach their goal to ease congestion in EDSA.

Marquez inspected several choke points along EDSA on Tuesday morning to personally assess the traffic situation and see how the PNP-HPG is handling the situation.

As part of the adjustment, the PNP-HPG is recommending to allot one lane for private vehicles for them not to use the yellow lane intended for passenger bus, he said.

He added that they will also focus on implementing tactical adjustment based on the initial assessment made by the team leaders deployed in the field.

Aside from tactical adjustment, the PNP is also studying the possibility of closing U-turn slots and possible relocation of bus stops along EDSA, particularly in the Balintawak area.

Marquez also said that there are some traffic engineering issues that should be improved.

For his part, Senior Supt. Oliver Tanseco, PNP-HPG spokesperson, said that improvements in the travel time of commuters and motorists can only be felt after 21 days or by the end of the month.

Tanseco added that they will make the necessary adjustment on the measures being implemented by the police unit on EDSA based on the assessment of their personnel and feedback coming from the motoring public.

The PNP-HPG spokesman noted that they have "small success" on Monday as he cited the clearing of the Balintawak area in Quezon City of traffic obstructions. The said area is one of the six choke points that have been identified by the authorities

The other choke points identified by the PNP-HPG are at Cubao, Ortigas, Shaw Boulevard, Guadalupe and Taft Avenue.

The PNP-HPG started deploying some 150 uniformed personnel along EDSA on Monday following orders from President Benigno S. Aquino that the police unit should take the lead in managing traffic at EDSA. (PNA)

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