Here comes less traffic?
A new interchange along C-3 Road (Araneta Avenue) and Quezon Avenue in Quezon City has been opened to the public, following an inauguration led by President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III Friday.
The project, originally slated for completion by December this year, was finished ahead of schedule "despite bad weather and unforeseen construction challenges," Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson said in a statement.
Round-the-clock construction operations have been implemented to "accelerate the construction and minimize traffic inconvenience," the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) noted.
The new interchange is expected to ease traffic along EDSA and "improve the level of service of congested roads within the area of influence, resulting to reduced vehicle operating costs," DPWH added.
It is also expected to "reduce pollution load by lessening gas emissions during traffic gridlock."
The project, which involved the construction of 440-meter and 330-meter underpass along Quezon Avenue, cost P452 million, below the programmed P534 million.
Three submersible pumps were also installed in the underpass to address possible flooding.
"The project also covers the widening of Mariblo Bridge, improvement of service roads, and provision for street lighting, pavement markings, and traffic signs," DPWH said.