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Heavy traffic seen as Skyway Stage 3 begins

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Manila, Philipppines – Motorists regularly plying the stretch of Osmeña Highway are advised to take alternate routes starting this week with the expected heavy traffic buildup due to the closure of the highway’s inner lanes for the start of the Skyway Stage 3 project that will connect the North and South Luzon Expressways.

Only three northbound and southbound lanes of Osmeña Highway from Buendia to Quirino Avenue will be open to traffic starting tonight.

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MORE TRAFFIC WOES AHEAD – Vehicles clog the southbound lanes of Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Kamuning, Quezon City, even on a supposedly traffic-free Sunday morning. Graphics at right shows the route of the Skyway Stage 3, a major road project that begins today, which is expected to cause more traffic congestion. (Michael Varcas)

As such, motorists coming from Skyway are encouraged to exit at Magallanes or Amorsolo/Don Bosco in Makati City.

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Phase 2 project is also slated to begin today.

Thirteen other major road infrastructure projects are scheduled to be undertaken in the metropolis this year.

Traffic chaos might be felt during the overlapping of construction projects from the third quarter of 2014 up to fourth quarter of 2015, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said yesterday.

Apart from the Skyway 3 and NAIA Expressway Phase 2 projects, other projects also scheduled for construction in the coming months are the Gil Puyat-Makati-Avenue-Paseo de Roxas underpass, Sta. Monica-Lawton Avenue bridge, CP Garcia Avenue-McKinley Hill ramp, repair and asphalt overlay of Magallanes Interchange, EDSA-Taft Avenue flyover, MRT Line 3/ LRT Line 1 extension common station, LRT Line 2 East extension up to Masinag, LRT Line 1 Extension (Cavite), EDSA- Roosevelt Ave. interchange, Espana Avenue-Lacson Avenue interchange, repair and rehabilitation and improvement of South Superhighway Makati, the NLEX-SLEX connector road and the EDSA-West Avenue-North Avenue interchange.

According to Skyway Stage 3 proponent Citra Central Expressway Corp. (CCEC) the physical closure of Osmeña Highway’s center island and two southbound inner lanes will serve as the work site for the project’s advance works, which covers excavation, bored piling, pile cap and column works.

“During said advance work, the Skyway Stage 3 team will be coordinating closely with the Metro Manila Development Authority, the Toll Regulatory Board and the City of Manila, its traffic and parking bureau and the barangays under its jurisdiction, to ensure that traffic moves in the vicinity of the Skyway work site and that motorists, commuters, pedestrians and workers are safe,” the CCEC said in a statement.

The CCEC also vowed to deploy adequate number of traffic personnel around the vicinity of the work area to manage traffic and assist motorists.

“Traffic is expected to be manageable barring any incidents like stalled vehicles or accidents. Motorists are therefore advised to keep their vehicles roadworthy and to drive carefully to prevent incidents that could create traffic congestion,” the CCEC added.

Full-scale construction of the Skyway Stage 3 will begin in April and is expected for completion 36 months thereafter. Construction cost is estimated at P26.5 billion, according to the CCEC.

Connector Road

The NLEx-SLEx Connector Road is designed to run from the Buendia Exit of Skyway Stage 2 to Balintawak in Quezon City, where the NLEx starts. The 14.2-kilometer six-lane toll road will predominantly traverse the median of C3 Road and Araneta Avenue and cuts through the busy thoroughfares of Central Manila in Osmena Highway, Quirino Avenue, Sta. Mesa, Araneta Ave. and A. Bonifacio Road.

The CCEC earlier said it will adopt an engineering design that is a first in the Philippines to strategically cut down the process of right-of-way acquisition and speed up project completion.

“CCEC will construct a ‘double deck’ roadway along certain sections of the Stage 3 alignment, namely from Plaza Dilao to N. Domingo in San Juan City and after Quezon Avenue up to the end of Bonifacio Blvd. in Sgt. Rivera,” CCEC spokesperson Anna Gamboa was earlier quoted as saying.

The construction of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road is meant to decongest the perennially crowded Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA). The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road and the NLEX-Harbor Link are initially targeted for completion before Manila hosts the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2015. But due to the delay in the government’s approval of the projects, the expressway construction may only be completed before President Benigno S. Aquino III steps down from office by mid 2016.

•Online Info

Motorists can get information about the major 15 road infrastructure projects and their schedules by tapping their fingers on cell phones or tablet computers with online connection.

The public can now access the www.mmroadway.com, a website that contains relevant information about the various infrastructure projects that are foreseen to worsen the traffic conditions in Metro Manila in the next two years.

The site holds information on the expected impact of road works on traffic, alternative routes to be taken, how long works are expected to last, and contact details of the contractors carrying them out.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said the site will also feature a chatbox where motorists can post their inquiries and complaints.

•‘Wish List’

Meantime, the MMDA has outlined a “wish list” for involved contractors and agencies to comply during the construction of 15 major road infrastructure projects in the metropolis so that burdens of motorists would be somehow eased.

On top of the list of agency’s requirements is deployment of at least 50 flag men or traffic enforcers around the area of construction, said Neomie Recio, MMDA head of the traffic engineering center.

“Although we will assign a few traffic enforcers to assist them, contractors should not leave traffic management to the MMDA alone,” said Recio. (With reports from Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)

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