MMDA redesigns viral 'stairway to heaven' EDSA footbridge

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 19 2018 11:50 AM

MMDA redesigns viral 'stairway to heaven' EDSA footbridge 1
Workers have cut one of the stairways of the 10-meter high footbridge along EDSA. The footbridge will be for public use before the month ends. Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Metro Manila Development Authority on Monday began redesigning a 10-meter high footbridge in the capital's main thoroughfare EDSA, following comments that it was impractical and unsafe to use.

The footbridge, dubbed as "stairway to heaven" by netizens, drew flak online for being too high to use for pregnant women, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.

MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia earlier said they will install a second landing and a railing on the footbridge to address its accessibility problem.

But he said the footbridge's height will not be changed as it satisfies the MRT management's demand for a 5-meter clearance from its power lines.

Garcia said the P10-million footbridge was supposed to have an escalator and elevator but funds were not enough. MMDA plans to open the footbridge on November 27.

--report by Lyza Aquino, ABS-CBN News