Will an elevated road built over 'esteros' reduce EDSA traffic?

The MMDA thinks so
Jan 8, 2012

TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Will an elevated roadway built over esteros reduce traffic on EDSA

Quezon City to Makati in just 15 minutes? This may soon be more than just a fantasy if the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority's (MMDA) ambitious plan to construct a six-lane-wide elevated roadway pushes through.

According to GMANetwork.com, MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said the agency is planning to build an elevated roadway from E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue in Quezon City to Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City. It will serve as an alternative route to EDSA and hopefully decongest the traffic on the metro's main thoroughfare.

What makes the MMDA's plan ambitious, however, is that majority of the elevated roadway, which will have three lanes each on the north and southbound lanes and on- and off-ramps over major thoroughfares, will span over creeks.

"With this, we address the right-of-way concerns. Second, you can build it with no additional cost, no traffic obstruction, 24 hours a day, you even beautify the already-forgotten estuaries," Tolentino said.

Tolentino hopes that once the elevated roadway is constructed, the number of private vehicles traversing EDSA will be reduced by as much as 40 percent. Traffic flow is also expected to be much faster, with the northbound lane increasing from 20 to 29kph to 39kph while southbound traffic up to 39kph from 10 to 19kph.

The MMDA chief added that the budget for the project is expected to be P11 billion and that the agency is in the process of submitting its proposal for it to the Department of Public Works and Highways and the National Economic Development Authority later this month. If approved, the project is reportedly expected to be finished by 2013.

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