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February 28, 2017 

MMDA To Open Scout Area Bypass Road Next Week To Help Ease EDSA Traffic

         The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will officially open next week another bypass or alternate route to EDSA going to cities of San Juan, Mandaluyong, and Makati.
         The agency has been doing series of consultations with affected barangays in the Scout Area to allow traffic on local roads in their barangays to serve as bypass from EDSA to a Mabuhay Lane that connects Quezon City to Makati.
         This alternative route, dubbed as the Scout Area Bypass, will allow southbound vehicles to either take the Quezon Avenue Flyover or the service road, turn right to Scout Borromeo. From Scout Borromeo, motorists may either turn left to Tomas Morato and Scout Tobias, both of which are already identified as Mabuhay Lanes.
         Another alternative would be turning left to Scout Tuazon that ends in Roces Avenue then motorists may either choose to turn right to intercept Scout Tobias or turn left to intercept Tomas Morato.
         To better manage traffic in the busy South Triangle area, MMDA personnel will intensify its clearing operations to get rid of any type of road obstructions, including illegally parked vehicles and sidewalk vendors, starting March 2, Thursday.
         However, MMDA has agreed to allow one-side, time-bounded parking for residents and business patrons on the four lane roads except for the Mabuhay Lane based on the requests of barangay officials in the area.
         The parking scheme will be in coordination and regulated with the local officials who will issue stickers to ensure that parked vehicles will not hamper traffic and cause bottlenecks.
         Aside from the road clearing operations, the agency has also committed to provide directional signage for motorists as well as road markings like yellow boxes, pedestrian lanes and rumble strips.
         MMDA is also considering to install traffic lights on major intersections, depending on the results of the traffic survey and volume count of vehicles.
         MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said that this measure, in addition to the expanded unified vehicular volume reduction program or the Number Coding Scheme, will help reduce the volume of vehicles on EDSA.
         “This is another measure or intervention to address the traffic condition on EDSA, especially during rush hours,” Orbos said.
         The bypass project was done in support and cooperation of chairmen Larry Handayan of Brgy. South Triangle, Jose Maria Rodriguez of Brgy. Laging Handa, Alberto Flores of Brgy. Sacred Heart, Leopoldo Tiamson of Brgy. Paligsahan, and Jose Segundo of Brgy. Obrero.           

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