Calixto wants early preparation to ease traffic once EDSA-Taft flyover construction start


Pasay City Mayor Antonino “Tony” Calixto urged the DPWH and MMDA to work closely with the Pasay City Government to find ways to resolve the expected traffic gridlock once construction of the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA)-Taft flyover begins, even as he thanked Pres. Benigno Aquino III for approving the major project.

Calixto said that while the project may cause traffic in the short term, it will ultimately resolve traffic gridlock in the area and will likewise improve business climate for investors in the country’s one and only “Travel City.”

“The flyover that will be constructed in the heavily-congested Edsa-Taft area – where vehicles move at a snail’s pace -- is very essential to our urban development. This project is really good and necessary not only for Pasay for the entire Metro Manila,” Calixto said.

The Pasay Mayor, however, asked for active preparation from all concerned government agencies, particularly DPWH and MMDA, to ensure that motorists and commuters will not be stuck in the area for hours due to vehicle congestion.

"I hope that this early appropriate measures are adopted to ease the traffic flow and this should be communicated to the public at the earliest possible time,” he stressed.

Calixto said he has already directed the City’s Traffic Management Office to coordinate with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to identify alternative roads and measures to ease traffic once the construction of the P2.7 flyover commences.

“On the part of the City Government, we are thinking of deploying traffic enforces 24/7 along EDSA and in alternative routes,” he said.

“We will also create a special task force to make sure that the traffic problems would be more manageable and reduce the number of vehicles on the ground level,” Calixto said adding that the task force will be composed of local traffic enforcers and the Pasay Police whom he has asked to submit their recommendations to him within 30 days.

“We will also work with the DPWH to ensure that the project will be completed earlier than scheduled,” he said.

On Tuesday Malacanang announced that Pres. Aquino gave the go-signal for the project. Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said that the entire project’s timetable – from pre-completion to construction – is 15 months while actual construction will take 12 months.

He said the flyover could reduce the average travel time by 50 percent and vehicle operating cost by 44 percent. It will also improve the accessibility to the proposed development in the bay area in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2015.

The Metro Mayors Council, the policy-making body of the MMDA, earlier approved the construction of a four-lane, split flyover that would traverse the street-level section of EDSA between Osmeña Highway and Roxas Boulevard.

Based on the information from the MMDA, the northbound section will measure 1.422 kilometers and start in front of the Heritage Hotel in Pasay City and end near the Malibay Bridge in Makati City.

The southbound section, on the other hand, will measure less than one kilometer and begin near the Malibay Bridge and terminate in front of the Heritage Hotel as well. The southbound section will utilize the existing Tramo flyover as its on-ramp.


Press Release: Pasay City- Public Information Office

Saturday, April 6, 2013