Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Brent Co | posted January 27, 2015 07:45
DPWH project a no-go without MMDA approval
After hearing about the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) plan to rehab EDSA early this year, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said that will need a detailed traffic management plan for private motorists, public utility vehicles and commuters before giving it the go signal.
"They have not yet presented their plan to the agency but we are hoping that they will be able to submit a traffic management plan and have a proper consultation with various stakeholders since many people will be affected [by] this project like motorists, operators of public utility vehicles and commuters," said Emerson Carlos, MMDA Assistant General Manager.
With the funds for this project already secured, engineering plans finalized early 2013 and an initial projected completion date of February 2015, the DPWH is already running late.
But crucial to getting this project rolling is the approval of the MMDA, which is required before any government road project is to be implement in Metro Manila.
The DPWH plans an initial dry run of the whole project by working on a section from Guadalupe to Gil Puyat but according to Carlos, "we may think that this is just a small portion of EDSA but this is the most congested since many motorists take this route especially during the rush hour to get to Makati."
Several departments of the MMDA have voiced out their concern on the DPWH project that will span the 23-kilometer long EDSA. Aside from a comprehensive traffic management plan and alternate routes for motorists and commuters, the MMDA also wants to be consulted on various aspects of the project from manhole openings into the sewage system to wiring of electrical and phone lines.
"Since it is a big project, proper consultation with the agency is needed and they need to consider the suggestions that we have for it," said Emil Llavor, MMDA Road Safety Unit.