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.
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.