Ever since the start of the 'ber months, EDSA traffic has worsened. It has come to a point where outlandish proposals have been suggested in order to reduce vehicular volume along the 23.8 km highway.
From banning private cars during rush hour, to putting up a congestion charge, as well as the bizarre brand coding scheme, it appears that some have resorted to desperate measures in order to combat the heavy traffic along EDSA.
But what about making an elevated expressway right on top of EDSA itself? That's what San Miguel Corporation (SMC) boss Ramon Ang recently suggested in order to relieve motorists from further congestion while in EDSA.
According to SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang, the proposed elevated expressway will have ten lanes in total that will be split into five lanes for north- and southbound directions. It will span from Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City all the way Samson Road in Caloocan City, or along EDSA-Balintawak.
Ang also mentioned that the proposed elevated expressway can be completed within 24 to 30 months with the use of steel for faster construction. As for the toll, the 65-year old entrepreneur said that the expressway might charge motorists Php 150 or Php 200.
“Put it at Php 200 or Php 150, that will still be affordable,” said Ang.
In addition, there could also be a two-lane bus rapid transit system that can ferry about 300 passengers per. “Each bus rapid transit can carry about 300 passengers. This means it can carry 1.5 million passengers a day,” added Ang.
Other details regarding the proposal remain a mystery as Ang mentioned that SMC will formally submit the proposal to the Department of Transporation (DOTr) next week.
While building another elevated roadway along EDSA might mean more traffic during its construction, the benefits it could have may be worth it. Imagine being able to travel from North EDSA all the way to Makati or further south in maybe as little as 20 – 30 minutes.
But without much details to go on, we'll have to wait and see whether the DOTr accepts SMC's proposal to build another roadway above EDSA.