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MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority plans to close several U-turn slots that were meant to ease traffic flow, but have instead been a cause of congestion along major thoroughfares within the metropolis.
Motorists experience chaotic traffic everyday along major roads in Metro Manila especially during rush hours, which according to the MMDA, can be blamed on the U-turn slots.
“There have been some complaints that traffic slowed down as one approached the U-turn slots,” said MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino but he clarified that not all of them have been the cause of traffic buildup.
To solve the problem, the MMDA plans to close at least ten of the 120 U-turn slots constructed in busy streets in Metro Manila.
Although the MMDA has not disclosed them yet, the U-turn slots along EDSA (Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue), Libis and Quezon Avenue will possibly be closed.
He added that adjustments will be made on several U-turn slots while others will be totally closed.
While the plan is welcome for some motorists, others voiced their opposition because of the additional fuel consumption it will entail in getting to their destination.