We can’t blame you if think that headline looks too good to be true. But while many of us might be thinking that the traffic situation on EDSA will likely not improve dramatically anytime soon, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) believes otherwise.
In a recent briefing with the press, DPWH secretary Mark Villar announced that the volume of vehicles plying the metro’s most notorious thoroughfare is expected to be reduced by 20-30% by the second quarter of 2020, once two big-ticket infrastructure projects under the EDSA Decongestion Program are completed.
The first of these two is the NLEX Harbor Link, which will be fully aligned by March. The second and arguably the biggest project in the P384-billion decongestion program is Skyway Stage 3, which is scheduled to be completed by April. Through the latter alone, Villar says that 100,000 cars will already be diverted from EDSA.
In total, there are 13 roads and expressways and 10 bridges that will be built to decongest EDSA and the metro. You can refer to the following lists for more details, and you can also watch the entire briefing by clicking play on the video below.
Roads and expressways
- Skyway Stage 3
- NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10
- NLEX Harbor Link R-10 Exit Ramp
- NLEX Harbor Link Segment 8.2
- NLEX-SLEX Connector Road
- C-5 South Link Expressway
- Southeast Metro Manila Expressway, C6 (Phase 1)
- Fort Bonifacio–Nichols Field Road
- Laguna Lake Highway
- NAIAX Phase II
- Radial Road R-10 widening
- Samar Street widening
- Mindanao Avenue Extension (Segment 2C)
- Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge
- Binondo-Intramuros Bridge
- Santa Monica-Lawton Bridge
- Palanca-Villegas Bridge
- North and South Harbor Bridge
- Lambingan Bridge
- Guadalupe Bridge
- East Bank-West Bank Bridge 2
- Marikina-Vista Real Bridge
- JP Rizal-Lopez Jaena Bridge/JP Rizal-St. Mary Bridge
There’s still a long way to go, but we’re looking forward to seeing all these projects finally completed. How about you? What do you think?