Report: Congressman eyes closing EDSA’s U-turn slots to improve traffic flow

Here’s another idea
by Drei Laurel | Nov 19, 2019
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Would closing EDSA’s numerous U-turn slots lead to an improvement in the thoroughfare’s traffic flow? At least one person in the Philippine House of Representatives seems to think so.

In a recent interview with CNN Philippines, House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante suggested that EDSA’s U-turn slots be removed and its fast lanes be dedicated to carpool vehicles to ease congestion.

“I was thinking na tanggalin na yung mga U-turn na yan, and then yung fast lane should be dedicated to carpools,” Abante said.

“Many years back, Congressman BF, Bayani Fernando, made some U-turns sa EDSA. And that time syempre konti pa lang ang mga saskayan, but now it’s [threefold].”

Asked how the no-U-turn idea would work, Abante said that motorists can make U-turns along streets adjacent to EDSA: “At EDSA, Shaw Boulevard, tapos Quezon Boulevard, Cubao; they will turn right to Shaw Boulevard and then make a U-turn, but they cannot make a U-turn to EDSA, to go left.”

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The congressman is asking Malacañang to consider implementing his idea during the 2019 holiday rush. Do you think this is feasible?

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