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9 more road projects start in 2014 (part 1)

Manila, Philippines — Miss Eloisa Consulta, a bank officer residing on Commonwealth in Quezon City, wakes up at 5 a.m. to beat the traffic to the MRT station, squeeze in the crowded train, and make it on time for work in Makati City.

She must leave the house before 6 or she finds herself at the end of the long line of passengers waiting for train rides, oftentimes, stretched to about half a kilometer. The wait causes her to be late for work.

“I face a battle every single day. Every minute counts,” she said.

Her plight is shared by thousands of commuters in Metro Manila who reacted strongly to the news of the simultaneous road infrastructure projects that are underway, that was announced at the eve of their schedules.

“The news made me worry. I am already thinking of how to adjust my schedules,” Consulta said.

Consulta is even considering eating her take-out breakfast while she rides a public utility vehicle to allot more time to her journey.

“They say it will be a monstrous traffic. But do I have a choice? It is I who will get a tardiness mark. Even after office hours, oftentimes I leave the office after 8 to avoid the agony of commuting,” she added.

Construction Work Starts

Construction work of two huge infrastructure projects –Metro Manila Skyway Project 3 along Osmeña Highway in Makati City and the Ninoy Aquino International (Naia) Expressway II along Macapagal Boulevard in Pasay City – have started last week. The work closed several lanes.

According to Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino, traffic situation on roads near the construction sites were less problematic during the first days but traffic on affected roads is getting heavier each day.

“No huge traffic jam was reported so far but it’s because the work is not yet full blast,” said Tolentino.

The scenario will be different when more roads are closed to vehicular traffic and limited alternate roads have to be shared by private and public utility vehicles. That will come when the other 13 road infrastructure projects in the metropolis start, most of them from the second to the third quarter of this year.

13 Road Projects

The “last minute” projects of the Department of Transportation and Communications and Department of Public Works and Highways under the Aquino administration involve the construction of a bridge, flyover, underpass, connector road, expressway, train transits, transport terminals, among others.

“Heavy traffic will likely be felt during the third quarter of the year,” said Tolentino, leaving Metro Manilans no choice for brace themselves for more traffic woes.

July Projects

In July this year, a number of projects have been lined up for construction. They are:

1) LRT Line 1 North Extension Project, a common station which involves the construction of head to head platforms for LRT 1 and MRT 3 at Trinoma Mall in Quezon City with a 147.5 meter elevated ‘walkator’ to MRT 7 at North Avenue in Quezon City

2) LRT Line 1 Cavite Extension, a 1.7-km railway line from its tie point at the terminus of LRT Line 1 at Baclaran Terminal to Niyog Station at Bacoor, Cavite.

3) LRT Line 2 East Extension Project, an extension of the existing LRT Line 2 by 4.19 km eastward from Santolan Station at Marcos Highway, ending at the intersection of Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway in Antipolo City.

4) Development of the Integrated Transport System (ITS) Terminal, the establishment of mass transportation intermodal terminal located Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) property (Southwest) near the Uniwide Coastal Mall in Parañaque City.

5) Bonifacio Global City to Ortigas Center Link Road (Phase I), a four-lane (2 lanes each direction) 613.778-meter bridge from Sta. Monica to Lawton Bridge.

6) NLEX-SLEX Link Connector Road, a four-lane 13.5-km elevated expressway that will link both expressways, running along Philippine National Railways (PNR) right-of-way. It is terminus of Segment 10 of NLEX to the Skyway/SLEX passing through C-3 (Caloocan City), Jose Abad Santos St., Blumentritt St., Dimasalang St., Ramon Magsaysay Blvd., Nagtahan St., Quirino Avenue and Buendia Avenue (Makati City).

7) C2 (Gov. Forbes St.) / R7 (España St.) Interchange, a four-lane, two directions third level flyover (685 lm) along Gov. Forbes, St. crossing R-7 with a proposed MRT Line 9 at the second level along España Boulevard.

More In August

Set for construction in August, this year are the following:

8) Rehabilitation and improvement of South Super Highway, which includes pavement work (concrete re-blocking) intermittent section, asphalt overlay, sidewalk improvement (paving blocks), and application of reflectorized pavement markings at the (SSH) from Magallanes to Buendia Avenue.

9) Senator Gil Puyat Ave./Makati Ave.- Paseo De Roxas Vehicle Underpass project, a four-lane (2-meter lanes each direction) underpass which would run under the intersection of Makati Avenue and Paseo De Roxas.

And then in 2016

In January 2016, the following road projects will start:

10) EDSA-Taft Ave. Flyover, a four-lane (2 lanes each direction) third level flyover at the intersection of EDSA and Taft Avenue.

Other major infrastructure projects that will coincide with those projects are:

11) EDSA/Roosevelt-Congressional Ave. Interchange, which include two-second level flyovers (3-lane each direction) along EDSA with LRT 1 Extension at the center, including at-grade level service lanes.

12) Magallanes Interchange repair which includes an asphalt overlay of the third level flyover (along EDSA) and a second level interchange from abutment to abutment, removal and replacement of damaged expansion dam and; strengthening/retrofitting of the deckslab (soffit)of the second level interchange and the inner lane of the third-level flyover (Pasay bound).

13) C5 to McKinley Hill Ramp Proposal, a single lane on-ramp 5.3 kms. along the median of C-5 road and terminates along McKinley Road at McKinley Hills.

9 Km/Per Hour Pace

In a study conducted by the MMDA traffic engineering center, the overlapping schedules may even result in a travel speed of as slow as one to nine kilometers per hour on Edsa.

  • Redhot Stackchip

    Ang corruption kasi ay hindi lang sa pagnanakaw ng pera. Maski ang pagwawalang bahala sa mga bagay na nangangailangan ng improvement like kalsada tulad ng pag develop sa isang lugar kung nasa kamay naman nila ang kapangyarihan na mag-decide at magplano ng epektibong hakbang , kapag binabale-wala ito, kahit wala pa silang ninakaw ng pera, – it is corruption dahil kada takbo ng araw, may sweldo s at budget allocation.ang local government hindi para mag-maintain lang kundi mangasiwa ng developmental progress.

  • Redhot Stackchip

    Sana gawin na rin yung tren na biyaheng Divisoria-Tondo-Pier this para bawas traffic pag pasko. About Visayas and Mindanao, this is the problem about a centralized system na sana yung local government duon together with their own counterpart of MMDA must devise this plan of development such as high level trains. The idea must come from their local or regional officials such as their own governors and development authorities for MMDA is for Metro Manila. It is their own initiative to persuade the President with their feasible proposals. Manila is far from these places The ideas and efforts must spring from their own regional leaders. Actually, it is their leaders who must bring this issue up.

  • neilabarca

    Bukud sa STAGE 3 SKYWAY and NAIA to CASINO Roxas Blvd EXPRESSWAY, marami sa mga NAKALISTA (ROAD projects) ay mahirap paniwalaan kung totoo.??

    Sapagkat, alam ng marami na NABULILYASO at nabigo ang PPP, ang 95% proposed project ng PPP..

    BUKUD sa dadaan ito sa SWISS CHALLENGE, SINONG nga Pribadong MAMUMUHUNAN ang maglalaks loob at papasok sa bansa???

  • ramoncitom

    One way to decongest big cities like Manila is to develop the infrastructure in and into the major towns and cities especially in the more impoverished provinces in the central and southern Philippines in a way that encourages investors to locate or relocate to those places.

  • thomas_xmoore

    Sana 24-hours ang trabaho, 3 shifts para tuloy tuloy ang trabaho. You employ more people, you get the job earlier to ease up the ensuing traffic faster.

  • Artemis Caesar

    Hope that all these road works are done in such a way as to reduce the disruption to commuters and hopefully they will be done in such a way as to improve the overall traffic flows in Manila and reduce travel times and congestion. The country needs a 21 st century road and rAil system to reduce journey times and enable effective and efficient movement of people and goods not just in Manila but across the whole country.

  • Man_e

    Tiis lang kayo dahil kayo rin naman ang makikinabang, at least nakikita nyo ngaun kung saan napunta yong mga taxes nyo!

  • Juanito Pasay

    malalaking proyekto ng gobyerno lalo na po tong pinaka importanteng lugar ng metro manila na magawan ng mga karsada at mga flyover at mga tulay kaya konting tiis lang po at sakripisyo. at tayo po rin ang makikinabang sa mga proyekto pong ganito lalao napo ang mga bumibisitang balikbayan at mga turista sating bansa

  • underthePhilippineSun

    hope the president can remember projects for the countryside… metro manila is overcrowded with area of less than 650 sq km of 12 million people… master planner FAILED to consider EXPANSION… i think we need to expand our horizons and let the countryside benefit from the wealth of this country…

    • mananagat

      Agree, Nasa Luzon na lang lahat ng project yung Visayas at Mindanao wala man lang, meron man mga repair lang, How about we will declare Visayas and Mindanao separate from Ph, parang Federal form of Govt. at least yung TAX natin bumabalik sa atin. Lalo na ngayon halos lahat na mga kurakot Taga Manila. Nasa kanila na ang malalaking project at mga Big time Corrupt.

      Time will come Visayas and Mindanao will separate.

      • underthePhilippineSun

        dear sir, i don’t think (separating Visayas or Mindanao) is a good idea… it will make the country weaker… lets still hope the next leaders of this land can consider expansion of projects on the countryside…

      • Shirley Sanders

        There are projects outside metro manila, as a matter of fact airports outside metro manila were prioritized over NAIA which is the main gateway to the Philippines. BOHOL, CEBU, BICOL, ILOILO, DAVAO etc. There are projects outside metro manila, it’s just that metro manila needs to be rehabilitated now more than ever because it’s been left behind by miles and miles comparing to other country’s capital cities. besides, luzon particularly metro manila is producing more than 75% of the Philippines annual income. So I think it’s just fair.

        • underthePhilippineSun

          that’s nice to hear… however, if expansion were considered in the master plan for metro manila projects, then i think, we can somehow de-congest metro manila… furthermore, i think it is not a matter of being proportionally fair but rather considering all our countrymen as a whole…

  • Marcelo III Querimit

    A difficult but, a must sacrifice.

    • pol

      sana ay dinagdagan muna ang mga train ng LRT at MRT bago simulan ang mga projects na yan para mas maraming tao ang makapili ng alternatibong transportation.