The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has closed part of the Magallanes Interchange to traffic. And we know it’s April 1st, but this isn’t an April Fool’s joke.
According to the MMDA, the move comes in a bid to improve the flow of traffic in the area, as well as to reduce the number of accidents. The portion being closed is the left-turn ramp from Manila to Cubao.
Based on the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center’s numbers, 7,722 vehicles pass through the interchange from Manila to EDSA Northbound, while 18,304 vehicles use the interchange to travel from EDSA to Nichols (South Superhighway). These paths cross and result in traffic buildup and accidents, the MMDA says. The MMDA Road Safety Unit also recorded 360 and 292 crashes in the area in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
No word on when, or if, the agency will be opening the section to traffic again. Check out the MMDA’s official Facebook announcement below:
The MMDA is advising motorists to take the Magallanes Loop/Magallanes Village or Nichols Interchange instead. Will your route be affected by the closure?