San Miguel Corp. (SMC) has a new proposed solution for the dreadful traffic congestion in Edsa.
SMC president Ramon Ang planned to build a 10-lane elevated expressway to lessen the vehicular congestion on Metro Manila’s busiest road. He shared his plan on Wednesday that the lane will be made of steel that would cover the length of EDSA.
EDSA is a 24-kilometer circumferential road that connects several cities in the metro, including Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Pasay City. The business districts of Metro Manila, such as Ortigas Center, Makati, and Bonifacio Global City are also connected through it.
The road has been a site of frequent traffic jams that could last for long hours.
Despite that, President Rodrigo Duterte said last week to leave it that way, after he was declined of the special powers from Congress to settle the urban congestion.
Ang said the proposed project for EDSA would progress with the P745-billion international airport in the province of Bulacan, which is also their project that seeks to ease Manila’s traffic.
Referring to (DOTr) Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade, Ang said, “we talked with Secretary Tugade to build an elevated Edsa.”
The elevated road is expected to be extended all the way to the Cavite Expressway in southern Metro Manila.
Once approved by the government, the project could be finished in just 24 to 30 months.
SMC’s plan for the national highway also includes a bus system, also known as a bus rapid transit (BRT), that can accommodate up to 1.5 million passengers a day.
However, Ang declined to give other details about how the elevated road would be efficient. But he said that the proposal would be submitted as early as next week.
Tugade said the proposal would be reviewed once submitted, because the government also wanted an option to acquire it at any point in the future.
“We said, as a show of sincerity, that government can buy the project at any time after construction at cost,” he said.
Traffic congestion cost
A study done by the Japan International Cooperation Agency shows that solving Metro Manila’s traffic woes would cost P3.5 billion a day.
Part of the solution of the government agencies, including the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is the construction of new infrastructure projects.
Among these is the Skyway Stage 3 of SMC by early 2020, which is an elevated toll road that will link the northern and southern parts of Metro Manila.
According to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the estimated daily volume of cars on EDSA is at 385,000, far higher than the 240,000 daily capacity of the highway.
The traffic problem has worsened to the point that a new proposal to ban private vehicles during rush hours is being argued.