MMDA to install more hazard markers along EDSA as barrier-related accidents rise

By Jel Santos

More hazard markers will be placed on top of concrete barriers placed along EDSA so that vehicles will quickly notice them even at night, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said on Friday night (June 19).

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN) MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)

MMDA General Manager Jose Arturo Garcia said there is a need for more hazard markers so that motorists can quickly see the barriers placed along the major road.

"I have already directed our Traffic Engineering Center to start the installation of extra hazard markers to supplement the existing ones already in place," he said.

The agency's move seeks to ensure the safety of all motorists traversing EDSA, especially after the concrete barriers were installed by MMDA along a portion of the thoroughfare to separate buses from private vehicles.

On Thursday night, MMDA said a van driven by Dennis Ortiz, travelling along EDSA-Guadalupe northbound, overturned after ramming into the concrete barrier of the bus lane. Reports said three people were injured in the accident.

Admitting that he was intoxicated while driving, Ortiz said he did not immediately see the concrete barriers. MMDA responding enforcers retrieved empty bottles of liquor from inside the van.

The agency has recorded 11 barrier-related vehicular accidents along EDSA from June 1 to 19, MMDA spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago said.