Solons urge the public to cooperate while EDSA is undergoing rehabilitation

LAWMAKERS welcomed the plan to rehabilitate the Epifanio de Los Santos Avenue (EDSA) but appealed to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and other concerned agencies to protect the interest of the commuting public.

“The plan should be carefully mapped out to minimize congestion. It would be beneficial if rehabilitation works are done during the wee hours of the night to avoid heavy traffic,” Rep. Marcelino Teodoro (1st District, Marikina City) said.

At the same time, Teodoro urged motorists and commuters who pass by the country’s premiere circumferential road to cooperate in order for the proposal to proceed as planned.

Teodoro said the rehabilitation of EDSA by the DPWH would require the cooperation of motorists and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for it would entail rerouting of traffic due to road works.

Teodoro said that in consonance with road repair, loading bays, pedestrian sidewalks and traffic signage must be repaired as well.

“This plan of rehabilitating EDSA, in the long run, would translate to more efficient traffic and people can comfortably and conveniently travel. In turn, the performance of their work will be better and their productivity improved,” Teodoro stated.

Rep. Angelo Palmones (Party-list, Agham) said that public cooperation and the patience of motorists and commuters are necessary to save cost on the maintenance of EDSA and on repairs of their vehicles.

“EDSA is busy 24/7 but needs massive rehabilitation immediately,” Palmones stressed.

Rep. Rex Gatchalian (1st District, Valenzuela City) said the by-product of the road repair project is short term in nature, compared to its benefits that are lasting.

Gatchalian said infrastructure maintenance is a mandatory action as this will ensure safety and quality of the road.

“We cannot wait for the road to get severely damaged before we fix it. To alleviate the potential heavy traffic outcome of the project, DPWH and the (MMDA) can come up with schemes that will encourage commuters to take alternative routes,” Gatchalian said.

“Everyday is peak season,” according to Rep. Winnie Castelo (2nd District, Quezon City), “In short, it does not have any ideal time for repair.  Heavy traffic jams would be a natural consequence. Repairing it early this year is advisable because we do not have heavy rainfall and the weather is fine.  My take is that it should proceed as planned.”

Based on MMDA figures, around 350,000 vehicles pass through EDSA daily, carrying more than 2 million commuters.  The high volume of vehicles was also cited as the reason for the frequent accidents along EDSA.

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