DPWH chief seeks understanding for EDSA rehab

The Department of Public Works and Highways over the weekend sought understanding from the public for the traffic jams that may occur during the rehabilitation of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) starting in May.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the inconvenience from the traffic jams would be short-term compared to the long-term benefits of an improved 23-km highway.

"Sana maintindihan ng taumbayan ito pangmatagalang solusyon. Ang pakiusap namin kaunting tiis para magkaroon ng mahabaang ginhawa," he said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He also said their calculations show motorists can save more in the long run in terms of maintenance and fuel costs.

Singson said vehicles traveling through dilapidated parts of EDSA may risk incurring higher fuel costs and may need more repair.

"We've done our numbers. Mas mabuti ayusin 'yan kesa taun-taon ... ang sasakyan nasira at napakalaking fuel cost," he said.

Last Feb. 1, Metro Manila mayors approved a P3.7-billion plan to rehabilitate EDSA

for the next two years.

But the Metro Manila Council is also studying several temporary traffic solutions during the rehabilitation amid concern about possible traffic woes.

Among the possible solutions were alternate routes including Macapagal Boulevard and C-5, and asking residential subdivision owners to allow passage of vehicles at certain hours of the day.

Considered as well were the suspension of motorcycle and yellow lanes.

The EDSA rehabilitation project involves using high-grade performance asphalt on EDSA, which could last for 10 years.

Workers are also to remove blocks in the drainage system of the highway.

Elevated loading and unloading platforms at bus terminals will also be set up. —KG, GMA News

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