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TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC! | MMDA maps out plan to cope with impact of 3 major road projects starting July
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MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED 2:37a.m.)Infrastructure projects in the metropolis may be signs of progress, but the downside is simply, more traffic jams until they’re completed. Expecting this problem, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said Tuesday it is preparing a traffic plan following the approval of some infrastructure projects in the National Capital Region.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said, after presiding over a Regional Development Council-National Capital Region (RDC-NCR) meeting, that motorists should brace for heavy traffic once at least three major road projects begin in July 2014. The works are variously expected to end on different dates, with the last being April 2016.

The projects were presented and approved by the sectoral committee on infrastructure development of the RDC-NCR, said Tolentino. The key projects that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will undertake are:

1. Bonifacio Gobal City to Ortigas Center Link Road Project (Sta. Monica Street-Lawton Bridge Phase 1 and II A).

Here, a four – lane divided vehicle underpass will be built along the innermost lanes of Senator Gil Puyat Avenue passing through Makati Avenue and Paseo De Roxas intersections.

2. Senator Gil Puyat/Makati Avenue-Paseo De Roxas vehicle underpass, also in Makati City.

3. South Luna and McKinley Ramps by the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) in Taguig City.

The DPWH has promised to put in place traffic measures in areas affected by these projects, Tolentino assured the public, adding, “we will also be coordinating with the concerned local government units to help in easing up the traffic.”

Meanwhile, the Makati vehicular underpasses will be constructed in Sen. Gil Puyat/Makati Avenue-Paseo De Roxas, and South Luna and McKinley Ramps.

The 570-meter underpass project involves the construction of a four lane divided vehicle underpass along the innermost lanes of Senator Gil Puyat Avenue passing through Makati Avenue and Paseo De Roxas intersections.

The project starts at Makati Avenue going west towards Ayala Avenue and ends at Paseo de Roxas going east towards EDSA and Kalayaan Avenue.

The C-5 to McKinley Ramps will provide direct access ramp from the C-5 Northbound lane going to McKinley Hill.

According to the DPWH, the P1.2-billion project will be locally funded and is expected to cut by half the traffic congestion in the area.