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Kailangang magbawas! MMDA proposes ‘diet’ to solve EDSA traffic

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The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) plans to put EDSA on a “diet” to ease traffic congestion.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said the “road diet” involves making the lanes along EDSA narrower so more vehicles can pass through. From a width of 3.4 meters, she said the lanes could be whittled down to 2.8 meters.

Pialago said a study by the World Resources Institute in Japan showed that a lane width of 2.8 meters can suffice for a lane where vehicles have a speed limit of 60 kilometers per hour.

“Hindi po tayo magko-construct or magro-road widening. In fact magkakaroon ho tayo ng tsansa na magkaroon pa ng bicycle lane and wider sidewalk,” she said.

The MMDA has passed the “road diet” proposal to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). Should it be approved, the DPWH will be in charge of repainting EDSA’s lanes from four to six.

Around 6,000 more vehicles can pass through EDSA if the lanes are narrowed down, Pialago said.