Back in September 2020, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that they will be closing several U-turn slots along EDSA. This was done in order to improve the running of the EDSA Busway which now runs along the inner lane of EDSA.
Not everyone was a fan of the MMDA's decision though; with many of the U-turn slots now closed to traffic, motorists had to find other ways to get to the other side. This has resulted in traffic congestion building up in parts of the major thoroughfare, particularly in Quezon City and Caloocan City.
After observing traffic, the MMDA has come to the decision to reopen one key U-turn slot near Dario bridge. According to MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, the reopening of the Dario Bridge U-turn slot will benefit more motorists because it will shorten travel time in the area, as well as decongest traffic.
Based on traffic studies, the reopening of the Dario Bridge U-turn slot will help improve traffic flow in the area. This is not exactly a permanent fix; Abalos said that they are in constant coordination with government agencies to improve mobility and keep traffic moving. Moreover, they are now also thinking of widening certain areas of EDSA.
“The next big thing in the next two years is the widening of the Balintawak area, one of the traffic-prone areas, that would widen the area to five lanes. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall work on the project for a period of one to two years,” said Abalos.
Aside from that, the MMDA has also asked the private contractor working on the Common Station that will connect MRT with the LRT located between SM North EDSA and Trinoma.
“I have requested BF Corporation to move back their fences at their work area to open more lanes for passing motorists and filled it with gravel so traffic obstruction could be avoided,” added Abalos.
To open more alternate routes for motorists, the MMDA will also intensify its road clearing operations on Mabuhay Lanes, together with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and LGUs.
This is not the first time the MMDA had to reopen a U-turn slot along EDSA. Earlier this year, the agency reopened the General Tinio U-turn slot last February in order to help ease traffic congestion in the Caloocan area.
With the number of vehicles beginning to increase, Abalos said that mass transportation and ongoing infrastructure project are the additional solutions needed to reduce the volume of traffic in Metro Manila.