Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Kelvin Christian Go | posted September 27, 2016 10:44
More infrastructure not fixing congestion, says House members
With more and more vehicles on the road, the typical solution will be to construct more real estate for them to use but members of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development is looking for other, ‘more revolutionary’, options from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Committee Chair Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo of the 2nd District, Quezon City spoke at length about their expectation from the DPWH during a briefing on priority plans and projects in Metro Manila.
“We hope the DPWH would be able to find a better solution, especially to the traffic congestion problem, instead of just building additional roads which could also create bottlenecks at the end since some projects are still undergoing feasibility study,” said Castelo.
Seconding the motion was Rep. Manuel Luis Lopez of the 1st District, Manila who urged the DPWH to work hand in hand with the committee.
“The increase in the number of vehicles is not commensurate with the number of infrastructures. Hopefully the DPWH, with the help of the committee, can think of revolutionary ideas that would fit into the demands of a megalopolis,” said Lopez.
On the issue of traffic at the port area in Manila, the DPWH said that efforts are being done to ‘maximize the use of ports in Subic and Batangas.’
Rep. Bayani Fernando of the 1st District, Marikina City opined that more intersection are needed instead of putting all new roads in just a certain area.
The DPWH laid out projects that are currently in the works including the 5.65-kilometere Segment 10 of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Harbour Link Project that connects McArthur Highway and C-3 and the vehicle underpass along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue that is only awaiting an excavation permit.
Currently undergoing a feasibility study is the Php 2.43-billion España Interchange Project that is scheduled for construction in January 2018 and slated to break ground on December 2017 is the construction of the four major interchanges of the Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project Phase 6, which includes the North Avenue to West Avenue Interchange, North Avenue to Mindanao Interchange, C-5, Greenmeadows, Acropolis and Calle Industria Interchange and the Roosevelt to Congressional Avenue Interchange.
Priority projects also include the eight-kilometer four-lane North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) – South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) Connector Road and the recently started Southeast Metro Manila Expressway (SEMME) Phase 1 connecting Skyway FTI, Parañaque City to Batasan, Quezon City.