Want to avoid traffic? Check out MMDA?s new website for road projects

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website that aims to update the public on the traffic situation as the government undertakes major road projects starting Monday, Feb. 17. roadway MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino launched the website during the two-day Metro Manila Traffic Management Summit in Makati City to allow motorists to monitor the status of 15 major infrastructure road projects. He said the website will update twice a week on the project status, and will also add chat room to answer queries. “So makikita ng public yung alternate routes dun sa [site] and active na ito. ‘Yung queries (public), may mga numbers kung sino yung tatawagan so coordinated yan,” he added. Apart from traffic situation, the MMDA chief also stressed the importance of keeping the project sites safe for pedestrians and convenient to motorists by providing alternate routes. “This should be well-communicated to the public. You need to provide safe walkways and alternative routes,” he told contractors of the projects Tolentino said the overlapping construction of the 15 major road projects might worsen traffic condition in Metro Manila. He said two of the projects — the Skyway 3 project and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Phase 2 — will begin construction Monday, Feb. 17. Tolentino recommended a 24/7 work shift so the road works would be completed early. “Recommendations yun sa contractor 24/7 na sana. Ibig sabihin, once na magsimula sila ay wala ng alisan kahit rush hour para matapos na at mapabilis. Yung 24/7 kasama na yun sa timetable, ang makakapaghinto lang (sa) trabaho ay kung may bagyo o ulan,” he said. He also emphasized there would be no road closure even if the construction are underway. “Hindi papayagan mag-closure dahil may mga bumberong dumadaan and at least two lanes dapat ang maiwan na madadaanan. So nabawasan yung roadways — two lanes na lang — kaya sisikip ito bumper to bumper, shoulder to shoulder,” he said. Tolentino anticipates that traffic volume in EDSA will increase to 55 percent and also that in Roxas Boulevard because of traffic diversion from Osme?a Highway due to the ongoing project of the Skyway 3. “Hindi naman maapektuhan yung Edsa dahil walang construction naman dun, ang mangyayari lang sa Edsa ay may projected 55 percent pati rin sa Roxas Boulevard dahil yung nagtravel sa Osmena highway ay lilipat sa Edsa dahil two lanes ang aalisin sa Osmena dahil sa gagawing Skyway,” he said. The skyway project will initially put in place 10 posts — from San Andres in Manila up to the end of Skyway in Buendia. Tolentino said his proposed four-day school week has long been practiced in several countries, particularly in the United States, which has resulted to lesser traffic congestion and reduced energy cost. ?This four-day school week program is not a new concept. In fact, it is being practiced since the ?30s, and became more common in the 1970 US energy crisis,? the MMDA chief said. Tolentino pointed out the shortened school week will not only help reduce vehicular and pedestrian volume in major thoroughfares but will also bring about significant reductions in transportation and education costs. In a letter to Department of Education secretary Armin Luistro, he said ?the solution is not perfect and has room for adjustment to fit in the Philippine school system. However, it is also undoubtedly a scheme that will redound to the benefit of the general public and help improve the traffic situation in Metro Manila.? — PNA ]]>

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