QC REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT FOR SMOOTH TRAFFIC FLOW
QUEZON CITY – The Quezon City government has reiterated its commitment to improving the traffic situation amid the government’s ongoing infrastructure projects in the city.
The project in question entails the construction of a 23-kilometer railway system with 14 stations from North Avenue in Quezon City to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan.
The city council said its Department of Public Order and Safety (DPOS) is closely coordinating with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to monitor and address traffic situations around the area.
This, as the MMDA issued a notice of violation to a private contractor handling the construction of Metro Rail Transit 7 for occupying several lanes along Elliptical Road corner North Avenue without prior notice, resulting in traffic congestion in the area.
MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said EEI Corp. failed to coordinate with the agency for occupying two lanes of the road for heavy equipment used in its excavation activities which caused inconvenience to motorists.
“We were surprised about the closure of two lanes without properly informing us of the exact date of the closure. The area became a chokepoint as lanes available for the motorists narrowed,” Garcia said.
The MMDA chief ordered the company to install steel plates on the two affected lanes to make them passable to motorists as soon as possible.
“We also need to put lane markings – solid yellow line to prevent motorists from swerving or changing lanes and traffic signage on merging lanes and other adjustments to be made,” he added.
Garcia reiterated entities should inform the MMDA of any changes and movements concerning their construction activities so the agency can inform the public of road closure or rerouting ahead of time.
“We understand that the project is under the “Build, Build, Build” program of the government which would later benefit motorists but coordination is important to minimize inconvenience to motorists,” he said.
Regularly, the agency issues advisories to motorists ahead of any public works which would cause traffic in Metro Manila.