Report: The MMDA plans to replace some of EDSA’s concrete barriers

Is this a safer option?
by Drei Laurel | Jul 29, 2020
PHOTO: Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

It looks like the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will be making some changes in the way it divides the EDSA Busway from the thoroughfare’s outer lanes.

According to GMA News Online, the agency plans to replace some of the EDSA Busway’s concrete barriers with less obtrusive (and probably less dangerous) bollards instead. MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia shared the plan in an interview with Dobol B sa News TV earlier today, saying it will be implemented in the coming weeks.

“In the next few weeks po, lalagyan po natin yan yung bollards na mas manipis po yun,” the official said during the interview. Garcia clarified, however, that the heavy concrete barriers will still be placed near stops, though he also said that they will be moved closer to one another.

Yun pong ating loading and unloading base—200 meters before, 1,000 meters after—lalagyan rin natin ng concrete barriers yan na dikit-dikit,” Garcia explained.

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According to the official, the new bollards will be provided by the private sector. He also maintained that recent accidents on EDSA involving the existing concrete barriers, which have gone viral online, were due to driving behavior, and that only a small percentage of vehicles using the lane have experienced any mishaps.

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A few days ago, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced that it had procured 36,000 more concrete barriers for placement on EDSA, with agency head Arthur Tugade ordering for their speedy delivery and implementation.

Upang mas maging ligtas at secure ang mga commuter gamit ang EDSA Busway, ipinag-utos ni DOTr secretary Arthur Tugade na pabilisin ang delivery at pagkakabit ng mga concrete barriers,” the DOTr’s announcement reads.

Do you think bollards are the right option for separating the inner lane? Or were the concrete barriers working out just fine? Let us know in the comments.

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