LOOK: Reconstructed ‘stairway to heaven’ Kamuning footbridge opened for use

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 16 2019 09:44 PM

The 9-meter-high EDSA-Kamuning footbridge opened to pedestrians on January 3. Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—The controversial 9-meter-high EDSA-Kamuning footbridge has been opened to pedestrians after a reconstruction last month.

At least 1,500 pedestrians use the footbridge daily since it was opened on January 3, according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

Dubbed as "stairway to heaven" by the public, the footbridge drew flak for being impractical and unsafe, prompting the MMDA to tweak its design.

The bridge, which was allotted a P10-million fund, now has landing areas and solar-powered lights. MMDA said no additional funds were used to redesign the bridge.

There are at least 10 road crashes involving pedestrians on EDSA-Kamuning every month, according to the 2017 report of the Metro Manila Accident Recording and Analysis System. —Report from Michael Delizo, ABS-CBN News