MANILA – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is studying the possibility of implementing a counter-flow scheme along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) as a solution to road congestion during rush hours.
MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said under the scheme, one lane of EDSA's north-bound lane will be opened to south-bound vehicles from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
One lane of the avenue's south-bound lane, on the other hand, will be opened to north-bound vehicles from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Tolentino said only light vehicles and private vehicles may be allowed to use the proposed "reversible" lanes.
The MMDA said certain road signages may be put up and U-turn slots closed while the counter-flow scheme is in effect.
Tolentino hopes that with this scheme, heavy traffic will be prevented along the busy thoroughfare.
If the counter-flow scheme along EDSA becomes a success, Tolentino said a similar scheme may also be proposed for C5 Road, another busy thoroughfare which connects Parañaque, Taguig, Makati, Pasig, Marikina, Quezon City and Valenzuela.
The MMDA has also proposed the total banning of trucks during daytime to ease traffic along EDSA and other major roads.
The MMDA expects traffic to ease along EDSA with the construction of provincial bus hubs north and south of Metro Manila. – with a report from Dennis Datu, dzMM