January 17, 2017
Dry Run on Zipper Lane to Ease EDSA-Southbound Traffic Begins Friday
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced today that it will be implementing this week a zipper lane for the southbound of EDSA to further ease morning traffic rush going to Makati.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said there will be a dry run on January 20 (Friday) on the implementation of the zipper lane on EDSA-southbound starting from the Main Avenue, Cubao in Quezon City up to EDSA-Ortigas Flyover across Guadix-MRT Ortigas station from 9:30 a.m. up to 11:30 a.m.
“We have looked into this and we found out that the traffic in opposite direction (northbound) is not as heavy on those times,” Orbos told members of the media during a press briefing.
“Yun yung oras na nakikita namin na bumabagsak ang vehicles. Tambak talaga papuntang mga school, by 9:30 (a.m.) luluwag na ho yan. Yung andun sa flyover ng Timog talagang mabigat ho yan hanggang Ortigas iyang lugar na yan tatlo palabas ng EDSA, sampu ang papasok ng EDSA.”
He said that the implementation of the zipper lane in this portion of EDSA will by-pass the traffic snarls on the areas of Santolan and Connecticut which usually result to crisscrossing and traffic gridlock affecting turning left vehicles going to Ortigas Meralco and those going to Makati.
Due to the zipper lane, the MMDA official said that the U-turn slot in the middle of EDSA in Camp Crame, Santolan and flyover ramp from EDSA to Ortigas Avenue to Greenhills will be closed to traffic and would be diverted to the right side service roads in the area, noting the vehicles going to straight to Makati area will benefit from the scheme.
With the zipper lane enforcement, the MMDA clearing personnel will be relentless in towing and clearing traffic obstructions, including illegally parked vehicles, in the Mabuhay Lanes, Orbos said.
“We will have more enforcement, we have to make sure that our Mabuhay Lanes will be clear…kasama po dyan ang pakikipag-ugnayan sa mga barangay officials,” Orbos said.
He said former Batangas vice governor Mark Leviste will help in talking to barangay officials in clearing of the Mabuhay Lanes, the designated alternate routes of EDSA.
Orbos said that the agency will be deploying more personnel to direct traffic during the implementation of the zipper lane which will be fully enforced Monday next week.