DPWH road projects to bring more traffic

Posted at 01/23/14 1:10 AM

MANILA -- Projects to be undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) may cause more traffic up until the next two years.

The DPWH is set to implement road projects -- seen as solutions to the metro's worsening traffic problem -- starting this year until 2016.

Among the infrastructures being built along EDSA is a 4-lane, 2-direction bridge across the Pasig River that would connect to Lawton Avenue in Makati and Sta. Monica in Pasig.

A 4-lane, 2-direction underpass will also be built along the stretch of Gil Puyat, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas, which aims to clear traffic at the intersection of Gil Puyat, Makati Avenue, and Paseo de Roxas.

The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3, seen as the fastest multi-lane highway in Metro Manila, will connect Skyway until the North Luzon Expressway Balintawak-Edsa Interchange.

There are also plans to construct a 3-lane second level elevated highway above the San Juan River that would go through C-3 road in Araneta Avenue to N. Domingo in San Juan, until Senator Gil Puyat Avenue in Makati.

Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos at Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, meanwhile, are opposed to the infrastructures, saying these have not undergone proper study.

The mayors said a lot of homes and other structures will be destroyed to give way to the building of said projects.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is set to form a traffic management plan once construction of the projects starts. - with reports from ANC