Expect some reduction in the vehicular traffic along EDSA starting next week as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced the opening of another alternate route that connects Quezon City to Mandaluyong City and Makati City, and vice-versa.

Starting March 9, 2017, motorists may begin using the Scout Area Bypass that traverses through the five barangays of the Scout area namely Brgy. South Triangle, Brgy. Laging Handa, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Brgy. Paligsahan, and Brgy. Obrero.

This new bypass will reduce the number of vehicles on EDSA thereby decongesting one of the largest arterial roads in Metro Manila. From Quezon City, motorists can take the Quezon Avenue Flyover before turning right to Scout Borromeo, then left on Tomas Morato or Scout Tobias.

Another option would be to turn left on Scout Tuazon, get on Roces Avenue before either turning left to Tomas Morato or right to Scout Tobias.

Clearing options will be conducted on March 2, 2017 to eliminate road obstructions such as illegally parked vehicles and sidewalk vendors. A one-sided and time-bound parking for residents and business patrons on the four lane roads, except for the Mabuhay Lanes, will be allowed.

Stickers will be issued to legally parked vehicles. Directional signage will be put up for motorists along with road markings. “This is another measure or intervention to address the traffic condition on EDSA, especially during rush hours,” said MMDA General Manager Thomas Orbos.