MANILA - Traffic along EDSA, one of Metro Manila's busiest thoroughfares, will improve when infrastructure projects are finished in the next few years, Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said Thursday.
While mass transit remains to be the long-term solution eyed for road traffic, the government plans to build "bypasses" to ease the congestion along EDSA, which runs from Caloocan to Pasay, said Secretary Mark Villar.
He said the Duterte administration is speeding up the building of the NLEX-SLEX Connector Road and the Skyway bypass road, which will run to Balintawak. He said these two projects alone will reduce daily traffic along the road by about 100,000 cars.
They also hope to add 12 more bridges across Pasig River to divert car traffic, he said.
The Laguna Lake Highway, which is expected to have 4 lanes and a bike lane, will also open in the first half of this year, he added.
"It’s a barrage of bypasses that we will be building over the next few years and we feel this will be enough to decongest EDSA...Pag natapos po itong mga proyekto, may makikita po tayong improvements sa congestion sa EDSA," Villar told ANC's Headstart.
"I’m saying now that in the next 2 to 3 years, every year we’ll see improvements. In 2 to 3 years, by the midpoint of the President, the landscape of not just Metro Manila, but the whole country will be completely different," he said.
President Rodrigo Duterte laid out an P8-trillion infrastructure plan, which would cover about 60 big-ticket items, including a subway system that would connect key areas in Metro Manila.