Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Brent Co | posted March 28, 2014 13:19
Zipper lanes will be opened and motorists will be encouraged to use C5 and C6 during Holy Week.
After implementing a “weekends-only” reblocking schedule to fix damaged parts of major highways and thoroughfares, which has resulted in major traffic jams, the MMDA and DPWH have decided to finish all reblocking projects this Holy Week 2014.
Meeting with DPWH-National Capital Region director Reynaldo Tagudando at the MMDA office in Makati City, Chairman Francis Tolentino announced that this strategy would be beneficial to all concerned.
"It will be a one-time re-blocking this Holy Week. This will be short term pain, long term gain," exclaimed Tolentino.
"We will conduct reblocking 24/7 so that we can finish it during the Holy Week," added Tagudando.
80,775 square meters of EDSA still needs to be reblocked and it all begins with the northbound lane on Holy Tuesday (April 15, 2014) while the southbound lane will start on Good Friday (April 18, 2014).
The entire stretch of EDSA from Roxas Boulevard in Pasay City to Monumento in Caloocan City will be affected but more so in certain areas including Shaw Boulevard, Bonny Serrano (Santolan), Gil Puyat Avenue (Buendia), Guadalupe, Ayala Tunnel, Madison St., Taft Avenue and Kalayaan Avenue in Makati
Buses going north will be encouraged to use Mindanao Avenue going to NLEX while buses southbound will be asked to use their Pasay City terminals otherwise use the MMDA Integrated Bus Terminal near the Coastal Mall to avoid getting stuck and/or clogging up EDSA.
Private motorists would be better served using zipper lanes or taking C6 or C5 going out of Metro Manila.
Reblocking is expected to end Easter Monday, April 21 at 8am and after Holy Week 2014, Chairman Tolentino assured the public that no more road repairs on EDSA will be allowed.