Malala na traffic sa QC! Joy Belmonte asks transport authorities: Reopen 2 EDSA intersections

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Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte has asked transport authorities to reopen the EDSA-Munoz Interchange and the EDSA-West Avenue-North Avenue Interchange as more motorists complain of heavy traffic in these two areas.

In a letter sent to the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Belmonte said there should be a “balancing act” between making the EDSA bus carousel more efficient and motorists’ welfare.

After monitoring the Balintawak area, the city government determined that the bottleneck caused by the reduction of lanes from three to two, per direction, at the EDSA Balintawak Cloverleaf to give way to the exclusive EDSA Bus Carousel lane has resulted to heavy traffic at times reaching EDSA corner North Avenue.

“We expect traffic to improve in those areas once our request is granted, especially with the Christmas rush and the easing of our GCQ guidelines. The city government is ready to work with authorities to find ways in improving the flow of traffic in intersections, U-turn slots and bus loading bays within the city,” she said.

The local government has recently deployed additional traffic enforcers in affected areas and coordinated with MMDA to open closed access roads in order for vehicles coming from Quirino Highway to exit at NLEX/Camachile and divert vehicles exiting along EDSA towards Monumento.