If you have been plying EDSA lately, you would have noticed the concrete barriers that have been put up to separate the left-most lane, which now serves as the new bus lane. These barriers, placed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), are meant to separate buses from private vehicles. More importantly, it keeps private vehicles out of the bus lane.
While it does make the lane exclusively for buses to ply on, the barriers have also figured in several accidents along EDSA these past few weeks. Ever since they were put in place, numerous vehicles have already crashed into these concrete barriers.
In order to prevent motorists from accidentally crashing into these barriers, the MMDA will be installing additional hazard markers onto the barrier for better visibility. Aside from visibility in the day time, these markers will also help drivers see the barriers at night. These will be placed on top of each barrier to ensure optimum visibility.
“Upon the instruction of Chairman Danilo Lim, I have already directed our Traffic Engineering Center to start the installation of extra hazard markers to supplement the existing ones already in place,” said MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia.
One of the most recent accidents involving the barrier occurred last Thursday night. The MMDA said a van traveling northbound along EDSA-Guadalupe overturned after ramming into a concrete barrier. The driver reportedly admitted he was intoxicated and said he did not immediately see the barriers.
Hopefully, the installation of more hazard markers will reduce the number of barrier-related accidents from happening. Or, motorists can just remember not to drive on the left-most lane on EDSA as it is now the bus lane. Instead, they can make use of the two rightmost lanes which were previously the yellow lanes exclusively for public utility vehicles (PUVs).