Edsa, C-5 not suitable for one-way traffic – MMDA
MANILA, Philippines – The proposed one-way vehicular traffic scheme along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa) and C-5 Road will need a thorough study and review since both highways were not designed for one-way traffic, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority traffic official Bong Nebrija pointed out on Thursday.
“Ang Edsa and ang C5 ay hindi naman sila designed for one- way scheme. Also matatandaan natin na ang Edsa ay mayroong MRT. Ang MRT po natin may bumababa from the south may bumababa sa north (Edsa and C-5 were not designed for one-way traffic. We must also remember that the MRT-3 is on Edsa, there are southbound and northbound commuters),” Nebrija said in an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM.
“So hindi ko alam on how they would do it. If there will be complete revamp or rerepasuhin po natin ang mga franchises ng mga bus na iyon,” he added.
Fernando Guevarra, president of Guevara & Partners Inc. engineering firm, the other day proposed that Edsa be exclusively for southbound motorists while northbound motorists will use C-5.
Other roads in Metro Manila will also be utilized under the said proposal aimed at addressing worsening traffic in Metro Manila.
Nebrija, however, said that the MMDA appreciates Guevarra’s proposal.
“There will be a lot of changes engineering wise, route wise, but also in commuting, medyo nakakalito po yan (It will be confusing),” he said.
“I just do not know kung paano yung complete plan or how are we going to make this operational,” he added.
MMDA records showed that around 386,000 vehicles passing through Edsa daily./gsg