Nope, we aren’t about to gripe about traffic; instead, we are going to present something hopeful. If this project pushes through, EDSA might soon be more pedestrian-friendly that you might actually be willing to walk along the main thoroughfare, and not in your usual grudging, survival-mode way.
The EDSA Greenways Project, which aims to build elevated pathways in key areas of the highway, has been given the official green light by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), according to a Philippine News Agency article.
Five kilometers’ worth of elevated walkways will be built rehabilitated, according to the project’s main proponent, the Asian Development Bank (ADB). We all know the transport system of the metro isn’t exactly the most convenient, so a core goal of the project is to make commuting easier by creating links between the transport systems and the usual destinations. These “pedestrian facilities” will link bus stops, train lines, and other transport hubs to “surrounding areas, buildings, and shopping malls,” according to the ADB.
“If you’re in Ortigas, it will allow you to [get] off the MRT-3 to go to Megamall without going on the ground. Everything is elevated so you’ll just be walking to the MRT-3 stations onto the malls, to the offices,” said Cleo Kawawaki, deputy director general of ADB Southeast Asia, in 2019.
“This environment-friendly initiative will not only give access to key rail stations, but it will also provide safe, secure, and efficient mobility for pedestrians and bikers,” said the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in a statement.
While no official timeline has been released, we can’t wait to finally enjoy walking along EDSA.
Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made.