The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is considering narrower lanes in EDSA in a bid to ease traffic woes, local reports said.
EDSA traffic chief Bong Nebrija said the agency is planning to add another lane to achieve the target speed on the longest and most congested highway in Metro Manila.
At present, EDSA has five lanes which measure 3.4 to 3.5 meters wide. The MMDA is seeking to reduce the size of lanes to 2.8 meters each to create new lanes in both sides of EDSA.
“Before it was called Highway 54. Pero ngayon hindi na natin matawag na highway dahil kadalasan ganyan yung traffic natin (Before it was called Highway 54. But we can no longer call EDSA a highway because of worsening traffic situation),”Nebrija said in an interview over dzBB.
“Hindi natin ma-achieve ‘yung highway speed that we desire dahil sa volume ng sasakyan (We won’t be able to achieve the highway speed that we desire due to the volume of vehicles going through EDSA),” he added.
MMDA is coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to look into the feasibility of their proposal.
Earlier, Nebrija warned that motorists should brace for the worst traffic situation along EDSA come 2019 because of the rehabilitation of two major bridges.
Nebrija said more traffic gridlocks will occur between the first quarter of 2019 and the latter part of 2020 since the rehabilitation of both bridges will be done simultaneously.
The Deparment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will resume rehabilitation works on the Pantaleon or Rockwell Bridge which was halted in September this year.
The DPWH will also begin the EDSA-Guadalupe Bridge, located at the Guadalupe station of the Metro Rail Transit Line 3
Both bridges connect the cities of Makati and Mandaluyong.