Palace calls monster traffic 'birth pangs'

By Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 17 2014 03:40 PM | Updated as of Feb 17 2014 11:40 PM

MANILA - Malacañang appealed for understanding as heavy traffic is expected in Metro Manila with the start of the construction of major infrastructure projects.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said steps are being taken to mitigate traffic such as the identification of alternate routes.

"We ask for understanding and support from the general public. In the end, this will benefit us in the long run," Lacierda said, describing the inconveniences as "birth pangs."

Based on an advisory from the Citra Central Expressway Corp., the group that will undertake the P26 billion Skyway 3 project, an advance work site will be set up later at 10:00 p.m. at the center island of Osmeña Highway from Buendia in Makati to Quirino Ave in Manila.

The Skyway 3 project, a 14.8 kilometer six-lane elevated expressway, will complete the Skyway system from Alabang to Balintawak. The project is targeted for completion before 2016.

Another project, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway Phase 2, also begins today. Both projects are expected to increase traffic volume in EDSA by more than half.

The Metro Manila Development Authority already put up a website that the public can access to check on the completion status of a total of 15 road projects.