The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is looking to reopen more U-turn slots along EDSA. After announcing plans to reopen the North Avenue and Congressional U-turn slots several weeks ago, the MMDA will soon be reopening the Quezon Academy U-Turn slot.
According to MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia, the decision to reopen the U-turn slot was made after the Quezon City government offered to have its personnel from the Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) handle traffic in the area. In addition, Garcia mentioned that Quezon City Academy has one of the highest volumes of traffic.
The U-turn slot will be open to the public once more either on Friday or at the latest Saturday, in coordination with the Quezon City LGU.
“Pinakamatagal na yung Sabado na we’ll open this up dahil Christmas holiday naman, marami na yung volume. Pero I will assure everyone na even though we’re opening this one, hindi natin binibigyan ng pabor yung kokonti na private,” said Garcia.
[The latest would be Saturday because it is the Christmas holiday and there will be a huge volume of vehicles. But I will assure everyone that even though we're opening this one, we are not favoring private vehicles]
Aside from the one in Quezon City Academy, the MMDA also mentioned that they may reopen the U-turn slot near Dario Bridge. This is to allow emergency vehicles like ambulances to get around EDSA easier and faster.
Despite the planned reopening of U-turn slots, the MMDA stands by its decision to close some of the slots. For Garcia, gridlock traffic is not as bad compared to last year since there are fewer vehicles on the road due to the pandemic. Garcia even went on to say that it is only during rush hour that traffic becomes heavy along certain sections of EDSA. During off-peak hours, traffic is lighter and more manageable added Garcia.
Do you think traffic along EDSA will slightly improve once the Quezon City Academy U-turn slot is reopened? Will it affect the faster travel time of the EDSA Carousel once the slot is reopened to traffic? Let us know in the comments below.