Traffic Problem and Situation in Metro Manila
I. Highlights of Online Sources
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will rehabilitate the stretch of the EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santo Avenue) and the construction of a flyover to cross over the EDSA-Taft Avenue intersection. It will begin in May 2013 and estimated to be a Php 3.7 billion project with expected 23 months of completion. The project has three phases, first, it will start from Roxas Boulevard in Pasay to Julia Vargas Avenue in Mandaluyong; the second phase will then continue from Julia Vargas Avenue to North Avenue in Quezon City; and the final phase will cover the stretch from North Avenue until the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City.4 This rehabilitation project is targeted to be finished before the 2014 World Economic Forum to be held in Manila. According to Engineer Roy Cruz of the DPWH-Urban Road Projects Office, four alternative routes can be taken by motorists to address bumper to bumper traffic during the rehabilitation project. The alternative routes are (1) Katipunan C-5 Route: Ateneo Katipunan to Blue ridge, Libis to Brgy. Ugong, Pasig, C-5 East-West Rembo, Makati to Fort, Taguig, then C-5 SLEX; (2) QC Circle – Makati Route: QC Circle to Quezon Avenue, Timog Avenue to Tomas Morato, New Manila to Gilmore, Wilson St. (San Juan) to Welfareville Avenue (Brgy.Addition Hills), Mandaluyong Bridge in Makati; (3) A. Bonifacio to Makati Route: G. Araneta to Magsaysay Boulevard, Padre Zamora to Osmena Highway, then to Makati; (4) From Malabon & Navotas: Malabon to Navotas, North & South Harbor to Roxas Boulevard going to SM Mall of Asia.1
Complaints are increasing regarding the traffic situation in EDSA. Romualdez mentioned in his article in the Philippine Star, that over 120,000 cars were sold in 2012, excluding trucks and vehicles. The EDSA rehabilitation plan, that will somehow ease the traffic, will be postponed by the government unless new alternative routes...
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