Alternate routes during EDSA rehab named

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 05 2013 06:40 PM | Updated as of Feb 06 2013 02:40 AM

MANILA – EDSA will not be completely closed to motorists during the rehabilitation project, which will start first or second week of May, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

The construction will be on a per lane basis for north and south bound lanes.

"During construction, mag-iiwan po kami ng minimum of 3 lanes," said Engr. Roy Cruz, DPWH project coordinator.

Cruz said a total of 52 road sections were identified to form 4 alternative routes.

One of them is the Katipunan-C5 route, which will start in Ateneo, Katipunan going to Blue Ridge then Libis, then Barangay Ugong in Pasig all the way to C5 East-West Rembo, Makati going to The Fort in Taguig to C5 SLEX.

Another route is the Quezon City Circle-Makati route, which starts at the Quezon Circle to Quezon Ave. to Timog Ave. to Tomas Morato to New Manila then Gilmore going to San Juan Wilson St. to Welfareville Avenue in Brgy. Addition Hills to Mandaluyong bridge going to Makati.

Another route is A. Bonifacio to Makati, which begins at A. Bonifacio to G. Araneta to Magsaysay Boulevard to Padre Zamora to Osmeña Highway all the way to Makati.

The 4th alternative route is for motorists coming from Malabon and Navotas via the Roxas Blvd. route.

Those coming from Malabon and Navotas can take North Harbor to South Harbor port area all the way to Roxas Blvd. to Macapagal Blvd, SM Mall of Asia.

Cruz also clarified that the construction of EDSA will be done in 3 packages so the whole of EDSA will not be under construction for 2 years.

The first package or first to be constructed is from Roxas Blvd. to Julia Vargas in Ortigas for the first 11 months; 2nd package is from Julia Vargas to Trinoma for the 7th to 17th month; and package 3 from Trinoma to Monumento which will happen on month 13 up to month 23.

"Mayroon nang portion na tapos na, maaaring ibalik ang trapiko sa mga oras na tapos na," said Cruz.