At first glance, the proposed 23-month, P3.4-billion rehabilitation plan for Epifanio De Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) is a welcome development for the 2-million-plus motorists who use Metro Manila's main arterial road every day.
With its cracked concrete or uneven asphalting in many parts, or the clogged drainage which flood some portions of the highway when rains come, the old and abused thoroughfare can surely use a makeover.
Using EDSA is a daily routine for more than half of Metro Manila residents. Many motorists and commuters spend 3 to 4 hours each day of their lives on EDSA.
If there is one infrastructure that would help show that our taxes are being used to our benefit, then upgrading EDSA and making it comparable to the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) would probably be it.
Such a project, however, may cause traffic nightmares and incite road rage. It is wise, therefore, for the Aquino administration to step back and examine what can be done, what needs to be done, and how it should done without driving EDSA users up the wall.
Now that the rehabilitation plan has been put on hold, let's think of other ways we can improve on EDSA without costing us P3.4 billion, or maybe not even a cent, if we just enforce existing laws or follow common sense.