Palace says gov't ready for heavy traffic

Posted at 02/18/14 6:56 PM

MANILA -- Malacañang said government has adequately prepared for the expected heavy traffic that would be caused by the construction of major road projects.

Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma on Tuesday said the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) have prepared traffic management, rerouting and road widening plans in anticipation of the heavy traffic.

Relevant agencies, he said, have also consulted stakeholders.

"Matagal-tagal na rin namang nasa drawing board ang mga planong ito, at habang pinaplano pa lamang, meron nang advance information ang ating DPWH at MMDA. Isinangguni na nila ito sa mga affected na mga local government, at nakapaglatag na sila ng mga possible rerouting plans, at 'yung plano rin para sa road widening," Coloma said.

Work started Monday evening on the Skyway Stage 3 on Osmeña Highway from Buendia in Makati to Quirino Avenue in Manila, with traffic jams expected until the project ends in 3 years.

The Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CECC) said Osmeña Highway's center island and two southbound inner lanes, which will serve as the work site for the Skyway Stage 3's advance work, will be closed to motorists.

Another project, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Phase 2, also began on Monday. Both projects are expected to increase traffic volume in EDSA by more than half.

The MMDA already put up a website that the public can access to check on the completion status of a total of 15 road projects.