Text: Brent Co / Photos: courtesy of Yves Gonzalez | posted February 02, 2013 16:30
DPWH hopes to complete project in 23 months
The Metro Manila Council (MMC) approved the proposal of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to rehabilitate the stretch of the EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santo Avenue); the metropolis' largest arterial road; and the construction of a flyover to traverse over the EDSA-Taft Avenue intersection.
The Metro Manila Council is the policy-making body of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) composed of 17 mayors of Metro Manila.
To be done in three phases, the rehabilitation project will start from Roxas Boulevard in Pasay to Julia Vargas Avenue in Madaluyong; 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.
The EDSA Rehabilitation project will cost the governmanet an estimated Php3.4B. The agency is expecting the project completion in 23 months, but is hoping phases one and two to make it in time for the East Asia World Economic Forum that will be held in Manila on June 2014. The DPWH has announced that they will begin the project in May of 2013.
Roadwork will be done 24-hours a day, seven days a week. The MMDA will also be putting alternate road signs to redirect traffic to other thoroughfares to alleviate the expected traffic congestion. The agency has also asked assistance from the Metro Manila mayors to clear out sidewalks and illegally parked vehicles along EDSA. Foundation bases of flyovers along the EDSA will also be improved as an added safety measure.
The MMC also gave the nod to the proposed EDSA-Taft Avenue flyover, which aims to ease traffic on the problematic intersection. With an estimated cost of PhP2.7B, the new bridge will add two lanes each to the north and sound bound directions of EDSA spanning from Malibay Bridge in Makati to F.B. Harrison Street in Pasay City. Public works secretary Rogelio Singson hopes to complete the flyover project by next year as well.
The flyover will extend to about 1.2-kilometers each side, but the southbound bridge will utilize the existing EDSA-Tramo flyover as an onramp to reduce construction cost and time.