Since Monday, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has employed a new strategy to combat the worsening condition of vehicular traffic along EDSA, installing plastic cones and concrete barriers at strategic areas/choke points to prevent vehicles from swerving into lanes at the last second causing a traffic build-up.
According to Crisanto Saruca of the MMDA, these new installations will be initially placed in the following areas:
- Several meters before the jeepney loading area in front of the Guadalupe Commercial Complex and until after the turn leading to J.P. Rizal on the northbound lane of EDSA
- Several meters before the Ortigas flyover on the northbound lane of EDSA
- On all side streets on the southbound lane of EDSA after Connecticut street. Motorist who wish to get on the Ortigas flyover must use Connecticut to get to EDSA
Plastic cones will precede concrete barriers in order to alert motorists of the upcoming segregation of lanes.
Aside from instilling road discipline and preventing swerving from causing traffic, the MMDA also sees the ‘barriers’ as accident-deterrents by preventing vehicles from sideswiping each other.