Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has appealed to authorities to reopen the EDSA-Muñoz Interchange and EDSA-West Avenue-North Avenue Interchange to ease traffic jams in the area.
Belmonte said she made the request in a letter addressed to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) after receiving numerous complaints from motorists.
The city government also found that the bottleneck caused by the reduction of lanes from three to two, per direction, at the EDSA Balintawak Cloverleaf to give way to the exclusive EDSA Bus Carousel lane has resulted to heavy traffic, at times, reaching EDSA corner North Avenue.
“While we fully support the national government’s transportation initiatives, particularly the EDSA Bus Carousel project, we have to do a balancing act so that we won’t compromise the welfare of those using EDSA,” she said in a statement.
“We expect traffic to improve in those areas once our request is granted, especially with the Christmas rush and the easing of our GCQ guidelines. The city government is ready to work with authorities to find ways in improving the flow of traffic in intersections, U-turn slots and bus loading bays within the city,” she added.
The LGU has deployed additional traffic enforcers in affected areas and coordinated with MMDA to open closed access roads in order for vehicles coming from Quirino Highway to exit at NLEX/Camachile and divert vehicles exiting along EDSA towards Monumento.
This is seen to reduce the congestion along the EDSA-Caloocan area and the long queue of northbound vehicles in EDSA-Balintawak.