MMDA planning to build elevated busway, reopen U-turn slots on EDSA

Will these help improve traffic along the thoroughfare?
by Leandre Grecia | Nov 27, 2020
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The Department of Transportation (DOTr) recently revealed its plans to build footbridges along EDSA to provide walkways for commuters using the EDSA Busway system. Well, it appears that might not be the only big change we’re going to see along the notorious thoroughfare in the near future.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has just revealed that it is looking into building a bus-only flyover along EDSA to improve traffic flow. This elevated portion of the EDSA Busway will be built specifically between Balintawak and Quezon Avenue, according to MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago

This new flyover will then allow the reopening of the Congressional Avenue U-turn slot that the MMDA closed back in September. In addition to this, the agency is also looking into reopening the North Avenue U-turn slot according to agency general manager Jojo Garcia in a report by The Philippine Star.

The agency has yet to confirm when the elevated EDSA Busway section will be built, nor has it given a timeline on when the specific U-turn slots will be reopened. Once we receive more details, we’ll keep you posted.

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We all know EDSA traffic has returned to its dismal state ever since lockdown restrictions were gradually relaxed, and we think a lot of you readers have had to endure this over the past few months. So, what’s your take on all this? Do you think the MMDA’s plans will help improve the traffic situation along EDSA and help both motorists and commuters in the long run? Sound off in the comments.

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