MANILA - An open manhole plugged with an orange barrier slowed down traffic Wednesday along EDSA's southbound lane as motorists swerved to avoid the road obstruction.
Jojo Garcia, general manager of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, said the lid of the manhole located near P. Tuazon on EDSA's southbound lane may have been stolen. It has yet to be replaced by the company since it was reported missing last Jan. 4, he said.
Traffic enforcers, he said, may have temporarily covered the manhole with an orange barrier as a makeshift warning sign to motorists.
"Hindi natin puwedeng i-compromise ang safety kaysa sa traffic," he told radio DZMM.
(We cannot compromise safety over traffic.)
MMDA does not have the equipment to replace the manhole's lid, he said, adding that the agency will address the situation within the day.
The incident comes as other parts of the capital experienced heavy traffic due to the Traslacion, an annual procession of the 400-year-old Black Nazarene statue that draws millions.
On a typical day, traffic speed along the 23.8 kilometer EDSA is at 19 kilometers per hour, MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago earlier said.
DZMM, 9 January 2019