Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Brent Co, Inigo S. Roces | posted January 06, 2016 13:07
Essential road projects may cause traffic, Palace asks for patience
As motorists got wind of several new road projects that will begin implementation early 2016, reactions on social media have been harsh as people anticipate traffic to get much worse than it already is.
This has prompted the administration to release consecutive statements regarding their efforts to improve the current vehicular traffic situation.
According to Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., a study done by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) indicates that all these ongoing and future road infrastructure programs have long-term benefits that will be key to making life for people in and around Metro Manila a lot easier.
On-going projects that are expected to be finished this year and in 2017 include the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, the NAIA Expressway Phase II, and the LRT Line 2 East Extension, which extends the line from Santolan in Pasig to Masinag in Antipolo.
Currently in the pipeline but are in varied stages of implementation are the PhP 1.27-billion vehicle underpass along Sen. Gil Puyat-Paseo de Roxas, and the PhP 4.01-billion Metro Manila Interchange Phase IV project, a three-grade separated interchanges at 1) EDSA-North Avenue-West Avenue-Mindanao Avenue; 2) C-5 Road-Greenmeadows-Calle Industria-Eastwood; and 3) EDSA-Roosevelt Avenue-Congressional Avenue.
In the works as well is the Cavite-Laguna Expressway Project, the Laguna Lakeshore Development Project, the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project, the North-South Commuter Railway Project, LRT Line 4 and 6 Projects, and the Bus Rapid Transit Project from Quezon City Memorial Circle to Manila City Hall.
Along with these infrastructure projects, plans to put up a new 9,450-hectare urban center called Clark Green City in the Clark Special Economic Zone is underway.
"We are confident that these contracts will pass legal scrutiny. These have been done in accordance with the principles of good governance," said Coloma.
"Secretary (Rogelio) Singson and the DPWH (Department of Public Works and Highways) have been repeatedly commended by the private sector as having exemplified excellent management of our infrastructure development project and there is ever reason to acknowledge that they have done their work well," added Coloma.