You can expect traffic in Metro Manila to become worse this weekend as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has lifted the temporary suspension of road repairs and diggings on the major roads of the metropolis.
According to MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino, the lifting of the ban will allow the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), its contractors and utility firms to resume their re-blocking works, which were temporarily suspended due to the typhoons that were expected to hit the Philippines in September.
The agency's Traffic Engineering Center identified five unfinished road re-blocking sites in Metro Manila:
* along EDSA near Trinoma, south bound;
* Congressional Road near Cherry Foodarama;
* EDSA near Ayala Avenue, south bound;
* Osmeña Highway between Magallanes to Zobel Street, north bound; and
* along North Avenue from EDSA to Elliptical Road
With the lifting of the suspension, Tolentino reminded the contractors to abide by the MMDA's conditions in preventing the road works from impeding the flow of both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. These include having the road repairs started by 10pm on Friday and end early enough to make the work area passable to vehicles by 4 a.m. on Monday, and to display signs that bear the name and contact numbers of the contractor at the work site.