By Jel Santos
Alternating lane closures will be implemented on Marcos Highway starting tomorrow (February 25) until October as the construction of the Emerald Station of LRT 2 begins, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said today.
Jose Arturo “Jojo” Garcia, MMDA OIC general manager, said some lanes of the Marcos Highway will be closed starting Sunday, suggesting that motorists take alternate routes.
Garcia said the closures on Marcos Highway are scheduled: Sunday 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (westbound); Monday 11 p.m. to 4 a.m.(westbound); Tuesday 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (eastbound); Wednesday 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (eastbound); Thursday 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. (westbound); Friday 12 p.m. to 5 a.m. (westbound); and Saturday 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.
“Starting Sunday, the westbound lane of Marcos Highway will be closed from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. The construction, according to DMCI, will last until October 2018,” he said during a press conference.
The road is being traversed by around 58, 000 vehicles per lane a day from Cubao and Rizal, he said.
Motorists are advised by MMDA to take alternate routes: Sumulong Highway; Gil Fernando or Tuazon; Ligaya, Dela Paz area; Ortigas Extension; and A. Bonifacio Avenue.
Nilo Rey, DMCI project manager, promised the public that they will strictly follow the scheduled construction in order to not cause a very heavy traffic that will make commuters suffer. DMCI is the contractor of the LRT 2 extension project.
“We promise the public to follow the schedule so that the traveling public will not be so much affected by the construction,” he said.
According to Rey, the lanes must be closed in order to transport the equipment, and for his men to work freely.
Traffic congestion, Garcia said, is inevitable but he assured the public that they are exhausting all efforts to ease it as the constructions under the “Build, Build, Build” program of the government push through.
“At the end of the day, these projects causing traffic congestion will benefit the public. We are doing everything to help the public to cope with traffic caused by constructions,” he said.
Garcia said he is appealing to the public to be more disciplined so that they will not contribute to the congestion caused by the government infrastructure projects.
He pointed out the constructions cannot be rushed, stressing it takes time to build such infra projects for the public.
Also, MMDA announced that the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) and White Plains Drive will be closed tomorrow, February 25, as the nation commemorates the 32nd People Power Anniversary .
According to MMDA , Ortigas Avenue to Santolan (northbound) shall be partially closed from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m.
Two outer lanes will be closed to vehicular traffic while three inner lanes from EDSA-Ortigas flyover will still be passable to motorists up to Aguinaldo Gate.
As such, both directions of White Plains Drive, from Temple Drive to EDSA, will be fully closed to traffic from 12:01 a.m. onward.
This year’s theme of the anniversary is “EDSA 2018: Effecting Change Towards Strengthened Democracy.”
Garcia said White Plains Drive will be used as venue for medical, dental and optical services such as free eye checkup and reading glasses.
Affected motorists are advised to avoid the said areas and instead use following alternate routes:
Along the southbound of EDSA, motorists are advised to turn right to Aurora Boulevard or Santolan; left turn to Gilmore or Ortigas; right to Edsa to destination; and right turn to Katipunan or Libis-C5 Road to destination.
Meanwhile, those traveling EDSA northbound are urged to head right to Kalayaan/ Shaw Boulevard/Ortigas, left turn to C5 Road to destination; left turn to Ortigas toward Greenhills, right turn to Santolan to destination; right turn to Ortigas or left Ortigas flyover toward Greenhills, right turn to destination
MMDA said 150 traffic enforcers will be deployed to man traffic in the busy thoroughfares.
“We are expecting a lot of visitors to participate in the whole-day activities,” he ended.