When the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that another U-turn slot will be closed next week, motorists were not pleased with the news. Specifically, the U-turn slot near General Malvar/Bagong Barrio was scheduled to be closed on December 7, 2020, forcing motorists to take alternative routes.
Fortunately for motorists that frequently use the said U-turn slot, we have some good news. The MMDA has decided to postpone its closure to 2021.
In a new advisory made by the agency, the U-turn slot near General Malvar/Bagong Barrio will be closed on January 4, 2021, instead of December 7, 2020. This gives motorists nearly an extra month to take advantage of the U-turn slot before its closure. It will also give private vehicle users more time to find alternative routes. But more importantly, it will help ease traffic as the holiday rush draws closer.
The closure of the General Malvar/Bagong Barrio U-turn slot is part of the MMDA and Department of Transportation's (DOTr) effort to smoothen the flow of carousel buses traveling along the EDSA Busway. Once closed next year, the MMDA advises affected motorists to take either Monumento Circle or the Balintawak Cloverleaf as alternatives.
Based on the MMDA's original announcement, the agency plans to close a total of 12 U-turn slots in order to improve travel time via the EDSA Busway. The closure of several U-turn slots has, however, caused heavy traffic along the major thoroughfare according to private motorists.
Fortunately, there are plans for two U-turn slots to be re-opened (North Avenue and Congressional Avenue) in the future. Should they push through, it could feature new infrastructure as a long term solution. A concept made by Jay Acab of Chief of Stack also shows an alternative option.