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PRESS RELEASE
Aug. 3, 2021
PR-21-07-070  
 

MMDA Installs Traffic Signal at EDSA- A. De Jesus U-Turn Slot in Caloocan

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) unveiled today its traffic signalization system at EDSA-A. De Jesus intersection in Caloocan City to facilitate smooth flow of traffic and prevent the occurrence of vehicular accidents in the area.

MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos said the installation of traffic lights at EDSA-A. De Jesus U-Turn Slot is part of the MMDA’s Intelligent Transport System (ITS) project which involves traffic signalization of new warranted intersections and integrations to existing traffic signal control system, including installation of LED lightings.

“This newly-installed traffic signalization would guide the safe and orderly movement of traffic and pedestrians even if there are no traffic enforcers manning the area, especially at night. We can then maximize the deployment of traffic enforcers to other traffic choke points in the metro,” said Abalos during the ceremonial switching of the new traffic light.

Mayor Oscar Malapitan, who joined the inauguration, thanked the MMDA for the project which would benefit motorists and improve traffic situation in the city.

The EDSA-A. De Jesus is one of the intersections that serve as an alternative route going to Sgt. Rivera Street (C3) and Caloocan City hall. This is the first left turn/U-turn slot in the metropolis installed with traffic signal facilities. Almost 22,000 vehicles are traversing A. De Jesus Street, 17,152 of which come from EDSA.

The MMDA’s ITS project aims to improve overall traffic management, thus increase travel speed, reduce travel time, which in turn, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG)emissions from cars, which may result in a healthier urban environment.

Under the project, Abalos said existing traffic signal systems are also being upgraded in other intersections and major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

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MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos and Caloocan Mayor Oscar Malapitan lead ceremonial switching of the traffic signalization at EDSA-A. De Jesus intersection in Caloocan City to facilitate smooth flow of traffic and prevent the occurrence of vehicular accidents in the area.     

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