Proposed Skybridge to cut Edsa traffic by 40%-A A +A
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
TRAFFIC on the Philippines' busiest highway will be slashed by as much as 40 percent once a new alternate structure called the Skybridge will be built.
This was announced on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), saying the elevated roadway will serve as an alternate route to Epiphanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa), the country's busiest highway.
The Skybridge will begin at E. Rodriguez Avenue in Quezon City and end at an area near the former Sta. Ana Racetrack in Makati City, resulting in improved travel times to and from both locations to 15 or 20 minutes, instead of the current one hour or more, the MMDA said.
The 8.3-kilometer-long Skybridge is expected to cost P11 billion and may take a year to be built.
Once the Skybridge is in place, travel along Edsa would be faster by as much as 20 to 29 kilometers per hour at the north-bound lane and 20-29 kilometers per hour at the south-bound section.
"The design of the Skybridge would utilize esteros, thereby not affecting traffic flow along EDSA and other streets," MMDA Chief Francis Tolentino said.
He also said that the agency would first seek the approval of the National Economic and Development Authority and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Last year, DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said his office is evaluating a proposal to build an elevated highway over Edsa from Roxas Boulevard to Balintawak in Quezon City to address the worsening congestion in the metropolis’ prime thoroughfare.
The proposed project will cost approximately P50 billion and will also consist of three lanes for both the north and south-bound portion. (AH/Sunnex)