MMDA: Utility companies must synchronize roadworks to minimize inconvenience

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by Drei Laurel | Apr 27, 2021
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Prolonged roadworks aren’t just a pain in the ass for motorists—it’s a major nuisance for anyone who’s ever had the pleasure of paying taxes around these parts. What makes these situations more infuriating is seeing another hole dug into the ground right after one nearby has been filled up.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has noticed this and is implementing changes to lessen the inconvenience of road diggings to motorists.

In a statement, the agency said that utility companies have been asked to submit an inventory of their respective road projects that includes a time frame. Firms must also secure a permit from concerned local government units, and are required to have a traffic management plan before proceeding with a dig.

According to MMDA chairman Benhur Abalos, road diggings and repairs should be synchronized to ensure minimal hassle for motorists affected by them.

“The conduct of road diggings, excavations, and other similar works should be done harmoniously,” Abalos said in a statement.

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“The utility companies should conduct works on a particular area synchronously so that road diggings are not done repeatedly, except for emergency repairs,” he stressed, adding that the MMDA and private companies must work together to execute a single traffic management plan.

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MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia added that he shares the same sentiments as Abalos, and that the agency should be notified at least three days ahead of roadworks in order to be able to coordinate with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

We think we can all agree that it’ll be good news if utility companies can adhere to these guidelines. What’s the biggest hassle you’ve experienced because of poorly scheduled roadworks? Let us know in the comments.

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