Wednesday, September 18, 2019

EDSA Expressway

SMC president Ramon Ang said on Wednesday that the food, drinks and infrastructure conglomerate planned to build a 10-lane elevated expressway made of steel that would run the length of Edsa.

Said the elevated tollway can be completed within 24 to 30 months. It will stretch from Macapagal Avenue in Pasay City to Samson Road in Caloocan, or EDSA-Balintawak

Edsa is a 24-kilometer circumferential road that connects Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay. It also links Metro Manila’s business districts—the Ortigas Center, Makati and Bonifacio Global City.

The high volume of vehicles and inefficient mass transit systems also make Edsa the site of frequent multihour traffic jams.

he Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) earlier estimated the daily volume of cars on Edsa at 385,000, much higher than the highway’s capacity of 240,000 a day.

The traffic problem has worsened that banning private vehicles on Edsa during rush hour or making it a one-way road has been proposed.

Last month, President Duterte said  letting Edsa “rot” was fine with him after failing to get  special powers from Congress to solve urban congestion.

Ramon Ang also mentioned that the proposed elevated expressway can be completed within 24 to 30 months with the use of steel for faster construction. As for the toll, the 65-year old entrepreneur said that the expressway might charge motorists Php 150 or Php 200.

In addition, there could also be a two-lane bus rapid transit system that can ferry about 300 passengers per. “Each bus rapid transit can carry about 300 passengers. This means it can carry 1.5 million passengers a day,” added Ang.

Other details regarding the proposal remain a mystery as Ang mentioned that SMC will formally submit the proposal to the Department of Transportation (DOTr) next week.

While building another elevated roadway along EDSA might mean more traffic during its construction, the benefits it could have may be worth it. Imagine being able to travel from North EDSA all the way to Makati or further south in maybe as little as 20 – 30 minutes.

But without much details to go on, we'll have to wait and see whether the DOTr accepts SMC's proposal to build another roadway above EDSA.

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