Motorists that frequently use the U-turn slot near the Bagong Barrio area along EDSA will soon have to find alternate routes to get to their destination. After closing the U-turn slots near Oliveros Drive and Balintawak Market last November 23, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that the Bagong Barrio U-turn slot will be closed to vehicular traffic on December 7.
The closing of the said U-turn slot is part of the Department of Transportation's (DOTr) continued efforts to make the carousel buses traveling along the EDSA Busway run more efficiently. With it, motorists are advised to take the following detour routes. Northbound vehicles that plan to go southbound may take the Monumento Circle, while southbound motorists heading towards northbound may take the Balintawak Cloverleaf.
With the closure of the Bagong Barrio U-turn slot set, northbound carousel buses will be able to travel more efficiently in the area. The same cannot be said, however, for private motorists. Private vehicle users that frequently use EDSA have been blaming the MMDA for causing heavy traffic after closing several U-turn slots. But there are reports that the MMDA plans to reopen two U-turn slots along the major thoroughfare; North Avenue, and Congressional Avenue.
If the MMDA does push through with the reopening, it will not be a traditional U-turn slot as before. Instead, the MMDA is looking at a long-term solution like a new infrastructure to improve the flow of buses plying the EDSA Busway via an elevated road or flyover.