Currently, the speed limit set along the main stretch of EDSA is a maximum of 60km/h. In the following weeks, that may soon be reduced to only 50 km/h as the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has announced on Wednesday.
According to MMDA Assistant General Manager Arturo Garcia, the lower speed limit will be introduced as a measure to further miminze accidents along the congested highways. Garcia also said that the speed limit reduction has already been approved by the Metro Manila Council (MMC), which is comprised of the 17 mayors of Metro Manila.
“Na-i-propose dito through sa congressional hearing namin na ibaba ang speed limit. From 60, binaba natin ‘yan ng 50 kilometers per hour,” said Garcia.
[“It has already proposed through a congressional hearing to lower the speed limit. From 60, we reduced it to only 50 km/h.”]
Aside from the main thoroughfare of EDSA, other nearby roads will also be affected with the reduced maximum speed limit. Commonwealth Avenue, Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, and Circumferntial Road 5 (C5), most of which currently have a 60km/h speed limit, will also be lowered to just 50 km/h. It is set to be implemented in 2018.
As of writing, the MMDA has yet to announce when the implementation of the 50km/h speed limit along EDSA will begin. Do expect it to be start together with the trial run of the High Occupancy Vehicle (lane) on December 11 as both were announced at the same time.