MMDA mulls over reopening 2 U-turn slots in EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 26, 2020   •   392

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the House Committee on Transportation are reviewing the reopening of two U-turn slots on EDSA.

The agency said they have received numerous complaints due to the severe traffic being experienced by motorists along EDSA from Quezon Avenue to Balintawak following the closure of U-turn slots in Metro Manila’s major thoroughfare to give way to the EDSA Busway.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said they already discussed with the House Committee on Transportation about reopening two U-turn slots.

May plano po tayo na magbalik ng dalawang U-turn slots maybe dito sa may North Avenue and Congressional pero may infrastructure po tayo na gagawin diyan para hindi maabala flow ng traffic (We have plans to reopen two U-turn slots along North Avenue and Congressional but we will install an infrastructure there so as not to disrupt the flow of traffic),” he said.

The MMDA reported there are 200,000 – 300,000 vehicles plying EDSA every day.

The agency will also implement a Stop and Go scheme for vehicles plying A. Bonifacio and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX). -AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

DPWH to conduct weekend road reblocking in EDSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Thursday (April 8) announced it will conduct a road reblocking along EDSA beginning Friday (April 9).

The DPWH advised motorists to avoid areas along EDSA Muñoz, in front of East West Bank & Floor Center, Shell, Goodyear, Shell Select & Skymart and take alternative routes.

The road re-blocking will begin on April 9 at 11:00 p.m. until April 12. All affected roads will be passable at 5:00 a.m. on Monday.

EDSA Carousel Bus Augmentation to roll out over Lenten break as MRT-3 closes for maintenance

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 25, 2021

MANILA, Philippines— Public utility buses (PUB) will be deployed from March 30 to April 4 along EDSA as Metro Rail Transit-3 (MRT-3) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) launch the EDSA Bus Carousel during the Lenten break.

MRT-3 Director for Operations Michael J. Capati assured that there will be enough buses for passengers when MRT-3 temporary closes for its annual maintenance.

Augmentation buses will  traverse the MRT-3 routes from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. beginning March 30 to April 4.  Normal train 0perations will resume on April 5.


EDSA Carousel Bus Augmentation, ilulunsad sa MRT-3 Holy Week Maintenance Shutdown

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Posted by DOTr MRT-3 on Wednesday, March 24, 2021

“Ipatutupad ang tigil-operasyon sa buong linya ng MRT-3 upang magbigay-daan sa taunang masinsinang maintenance rehabilitation activities ng rail line, (MRT-3 will suspend its operations to give way to its yearly maintenance rehabilitation activities)” the advisory reads.

The maintenance will include turnout replacements, point machine installation, and realignment of CCTV units in every station. AAC


1 injured after SUV crashes into bank along Edsa

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 17, 2021


MANILA, Philippines—A bank teller was injured after an SUV rammed into a bank in EDSA, Muñoz on Wednesday, March 17.

The car was initially parked in the area while its owner, Dr. Esther Peralta, was with withdrawing money from an ATM at around 7:00 a.m.

When Peralta returned and started the vehicle, it made a loud noise prompting her to change the gear to parking mode.

However, this did not stop the car from suddenly accelerating and eventually crashing into the bank.

Security guard, Anthony Capalac who witnessed the incident said, “Umuugong po yung makina tapos sobrang usok sa likod, tapos bigla po siyang umabante dito na matulin papunta dun sa loob (The engine made a loud noise then emitted a thick smoke before speeding into the bank).”

Peralta said it was the first time such an incident with the car had happened.

“First time po yun, 2012 ko po nabili yung sasakyan diyan sa Tayuman. Siyempre ilalagay mo sa letter P [park] humarurot pa rin, tumatakbo, (This is the first that happened ever since I bought the car in Tayuman in 2012. I placed the gear on park but it still accelerated),” she said.

The bank’s façade was damaged, forcing management to announce temporary suspension of operations as it advised clients to visit other branches for their transactions.

Meanwhile, police authorities are investigating possible causes of the accident.  It should be recalled that in 2015, similar incidents of unintended acceleration in some model of SUVs were reported. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)


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