PNoy defers EDSA rehabilitation

Posted at 02/06/2013 4:30 PM | Updated as of 02/06/2013 9:59 PM

MANILA (1st UPDATE) -- President Aquino on Wednesday postponed the upcoming rehabilitation of the 23-kilometer-long Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) due to complaints from motorists.

"President Aquino instructed further study of the EDSA rehabilitation plan, including additional measures to mitigate inconvenience to motorists," deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a text message.

In an interview with radio dzMM, Valte said Aquino wants the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to ensure that measures will be done to ease the problems of motorists using EDSA during the rehabilitation.

"Ngayon nga ho marami nang nagrereklamo sa traffic sa EDSA na isang bus lang na matigil nang panandalian eh talagang tumutukod na hanggang North 'yung traffic," she said.

"So sabi ng pangulo pag-aralan pa natin kung ano pa 'yung pwede nating gawin para ma-mitigate 'yung inconvenience sa mga kababayan natin... Pending such time na masigurado natin na talagang ma-miminimize natin 'yung inconvenience, pagaralan muna natin," she added.

She said Aquino is eyeing to lessen the provincial buses that go through EDSA and conduct a thorough crackdown on colorum buses.

"Ang sabi ng pangulo baka naman pwedeng i-limit natin 'yung kanilang access, baka pwedeng may mga terminal na itayo on accessible points para 'di na ho dumaan sa EDSA," Valte said.

The DPWH earlier said the rehabilitation plan will start first or second week of May. It said construction will be on a per lane basis for north and south bound lanes.

The EDSA rehabilitation will be done ahead of the World Economic Forum in 2014 and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2015.