MANILA - The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority on Tuesday said it was studying possible changes to a steel footbridge in Quezon City that was criticized on social media as too high.
The 10-meter high footbridge goes over the MRT rails, near GMA-Kamuning station. A photo of the structure went viral recently, with some netizens commenting that it could be inaccessible to pregnant women, the elderly and persons with disability.
"Lahat po ng comments ng mga kababayan natin, maging ho iyung tulong ng media, nasa engineering department na po. Nire-review po natin kung ano pa iyung revision na puwedeng gawin natin dito sa footbridge," said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialogo.
(All comments of the public, as well as the suggestions of the media, are already with our engineering department. We are reviewing the revisions that we could apply to the footbridge.)
Authorities saw the need for a footbridge there after some pedestrians were run over by vehicles as they crossed EDSA or fell prey to thieves in the dimly lit area, the MMDA earlier said.
The bridge's height satisfies the MRT management's demand for a 5-meter clearance from its power lines, Pialogo told ABS-CBN News.
The cost for the P10-million bridge would have ballooned if it were a tunnel-type structure, she said.
Asked if the MMDA could have assigned personnel to help pedestrians cross the area instead of building the footbridge, Pialogo explained that the agency was short on manpower.
The footbridge's construction will be completed on November 15, she said.
Umagang Kay Ganda, 6 November 2018