Gov't proposes more ways to ease EDSA traffic

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — As the Highway Patrol Group (HPG) of the Philippine National Police ends its second week in untangling traffic on EDSA, bus drivers believe that movement on the road has improved.

"Bantay ng pulis ang bus stop, medyo nagluwag-luwag," said bus driver Romy Delos Santos.

"Medyo maluwag na... Dahil wala nang nagtatambay sa bus stop," explained Allan Yegas, another bus driver.

However, a number of motorists such as Joey Macalinao, believe otherwise.

"Ganun pa din ang travel time namin eh. Papuntang Makati, isa't kalahating oras, dalawang oras ganun," Macalinao pointed out.

Besides strict enforcement of rules, the HPG said the use of alternate routes would sustain the improvement in traffic flow.

There are alternate routes between Quezon City and Makati called "Mabuhay Lanes," which have since been identified by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

"Isang paraan para maibsan ang trapiko ay magkaroon tayo ng alternate routes. At ang alternate routes natin, meron tayong Mabuhay Lanes and Christmas Lanes. Ngayon, para magamit ito, linisin ang mga kalye na yun," explained HPG Director CSupt. Arnold Gunnacao. He said that local government units were assigned to clear the Mabuhay Lanes.

Another scheme is the construction of modular steel bridges in five areas.

The governing body of the MMDA, referred collectively as the Metro Manila Council is drafting a resolution that would approve the steel bridges project. The council is composed of all the Metro Manila mayors.

The modular steel bridges, spanning about 400 meters each, will be put up in EDSA-Santolan, EDSA-P. Tuazon, Katipunan, C. P. Garcia, and Vito Cruz.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino explained the modular bridges will occupy a lane in the service roads. Each bridge will take about six weeks to finish.