The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed at least 100 of its traffic personnel along EDSA and other areas near the EDSA-Timog flyover which was partially closed starting June 25 to give way to the repair of the portion where large cracks were observed.
MMDA Chairman Romando Artes said they are continuously monitoring the traffic situation in the area for any adjustment that may be implemented in cases wherein the movement of vehicles are severely affected.
“Around 100 additional enforcers have been deployed to better manage traffic along EDSA. We will be assisted by the PNP-HPG (Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group) as well as the local government unit of Quezon City at the inner roads,” Artes said.
“MMDA is also considering making adjustments on the traffic lights, if necessary,” he added.
The closure of the southbound lane of EDSA-Timog flyover will last for 30 days.
On Monday, June 27, Artes led the inspection of the area to check on the traffic situation.
He said that based on the assessment, the traffic situation on EDSA Kamuning service road is still manageable.
Based on the vehicle traffic count conducted by the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center in May, an average of 109,000 cars traverse this section of EDSA per day.
The flyover was utilized by 57,354 vehicles, while the service road was used by 51,770 vehicles.
“There are four identified alternate routes for motorists. Vehicles coming from EDSA southbound may turn right at either Mother Ignacia Avenue, Panay Avenue, Scout Albano, or Scout Borromeo. Motorcycle riders and bikers are likewise urged to use these alternate routes for their safety,” said Artes.
Artes said the MMDA will intensify its clearing operations to get rid of any type of road obstructions, including illegally-parked vehicles, to ensure that alternate routes are passable.
Additional directional signages were also installed to guide motorists along the alternate routes.