Motorists in for bad trip as Metro mayors approve Edsa rehab


THE COUNTRY’S busiest thoroughfare is in for much-needed repairs that will surely test the patience of motorists. GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

Road improvements on Edsa are expected to make driving on the major thoroughfare literally a bad trip for motorists in the next two years.

The possibility loomed after the Metro Manila Council approved unanimously on Friday a plan of the Department of Public Works and Highways to rehabilitate the 23-km avenue starting May.

Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said the repair work on Edsa will be done in three phases for 23 months under the DPWH’s Urgent Infrastructure Development Project, in time for the World Economic Forum in 2014 and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in 2015.

The P3.7-billion project is part of the agency’s commitment to improve all auxiliary roads by 2014 and all secondary roads in 2016, with  a 5-year maintenance fee.

The DPWH said it aims to replace all damaged concrete pavements to ensure  road stability and the carrying capacity of the road by  using high-grade asphalt, as well as address the flooding  problem on  Edsa by declogging the  existing drainage line.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chair Francis Tolentino said they are yet to check out  the available alternative routes and traffic schemes that should be in place by the time the repair work starts.

Singson has requested the help of all Metro Manila mayors in asking private subdivisions to open their lanes as alternative routes, as well as clearing the sidewalks and streets of vendors and illegally parked vehicles.

Valenzuela Mayor Sherwin Gatchalian said the underutilized Road 10 in Camanava, that serves as a parking lot for trucks, can also be used as an alternative route.

The DPWH will be posting signages regarding the rerouting scheme as soon as possible to get motorists used to the new routes.

“We’re just waiting for the  repair of a 1.5m major pipe in Edsa  undertaken by Manila Water. They should be done in four months,”  Singson said, adding that there will be no  reblocking activity in the areas covered by Manila Water.

The DPWH head said there will be inconveniences all around, but the returns will be higher after Edsa becomes a world-class highway with a smooth riding surface comparable to the north and south expressways.

A new highway will also mean better travel on the road and less carbon dioxide emissions, he added.

Motorists are also expected to save on gas since the new and improved Edsa will also reduce travel time from 76 minutes to 57 minutes during peak hours.

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  • marienkind

    Not much point in fixing bumps when you’re going over them at 5 kmph because of traffic TBH.

  • Eric

    One year yan! Bike lanes please?

    • INQ415

      bike lanes sa LRT railway

  • themask celestial

    Mayor Gatchalian has a sensible idea, use R-10. I hope they did it long time ago, R-10 is a good alternative going to Camanava pero ginawa lang parking lot ng mga trucks, side cars at squatters between moriones at Zaragoza. I hope before implementation,  MMDA will start to remove the remaining squatters in those area, and be strick in implementation of no parking sa R-10.  The truck buildup on the Area of R-10, Capulong at Raxabago started  get worst 2-3 hrs before the time the truck is allow to travel. 

  • huseng_batute

    “A new highway will also mean better travel on the road and less carbon dioxide emissions, he added.”

    How?  E trapik pa rin naman kahit maganda ang kondisyon ng daan?

    Kaya nasisira ang EDSA kasi overloaded.  Pag nakatigil o mabagal ang takbo ng sasakyan, mas matagal ang stress sa roadway.  Pag naging bumper-to-bumper ang situation, mas madami ang load.  Kaya sandali lang crack agad ang mga bagong latag na semento.

    What we need are alternate routes.  Ilang kalsada lang ba ang tumatawid sa Pasig River? EDSA, C5 at Nagtahan lang ang choiches. 

    Better yet, what we need is an extensive train network.  The reason why many people opt to bring their cars is the inefficient public transportation.   If you take the jeep amoy usok ka na pagdating sa office.  Napakatagal pa ng byahe kasi naghihintay lagi ng pasahero.


  • JJ oh Yeah

    Improving the Road Surface WILL NOT  solve the EDSA traffic problem. Other concrete measures such as Reducing number of Buses, Banning Jeepneys and Trykes from crossing EDSA, enforcing the Truck Ban and Improving MRT’s services are just some of the added measures needed to solve this age-old problem. Otherwise this infrastructure works will just be another money-making scheme for our “concerned” officials. 

  • RamBoDan

    If the dpw people will do only some cosmetic renovations only at edsa then its a useless move…its the end point where the traffic convene or the intersections that do the traffic jammed, a strict traffic measures should be imposed. Our utility jeepneys and buses are the issues here… no respect on road courtesy they just stop, pick and unload passenger when they want…yet the mmda are doing “nothing” about this…add elevated road networks, it will do wonders, dpw’s get more fundings, show your guts to improve traffic solution, we really appreciate it very much.

  • RT Ambrose

    may kasama bang road widening to?

  • Omar Orate

    ano to joke time? less traveling time? save on fuel? less carbon dioxide? hey wakeup! skyway kelangan jan!

  • padrefaura

    nagpapatawa ang dpwh…. hindi rehabilitation lang kailangan. kailangan ng isang skyway sa edsa. the problem is not the road, but the volume of vehicles passing. yan ang dapat nilang tugunan.

    • INQ415

      ilagay yung skyway sa ibabaw ng LRT!!! ngayon din!!!

  • Elmer Vinzon Camaganacan


  • im_not_convinced

    just in time to use the road rehabilitation budget on the upcoming election. what a coincidence.

  • Tnosce

    Galinggan ninyo ang project na yan at bilis-bilisan ninyo ang pag gawa bago abutan kayo ng tag ulan, baha na naman mawawala lalo ang kalye ninyo. Ang isang araw na  delay sa project means delay din sa progresso ng bansa, sa re routing pa lang ng trapiko apektado na ang mga negosyo at mga negosyante at mga revenue ng lokal na pamahalaan kaya galinggan ninyo ang trabaho at huwag mag-delay.

  • INQ415

    di nyo ba gets? gagawin yan sa tag-ulan para maraming delay which means more money required [insert causes of delay here]. 
    simple politician’s math.

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