Following the October 5 closure of the U-turn slot near Trinoma Mall and North Avenue, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that it is also removing another slot along EDSA.
The U-turn slot in front of the Quezon City Academy closes on October 12
The U-turn slot located in front of the Quezon City Academy will be closed to both northbound and southbound traffic, effective midnight on Monday, October 12. Directional signages have been put up in the area of the affected U-turn slot, to notify motorists of the scheduled closure accordingly.
The MMDA is advising motorists to take the following alternate routes:
- From EDSA northbound going southbound, affected vehicles may take the U-turn slot after Congressional Avenue, in front of Landers.
- From EDSA southbound going northbound, affected vehicles may take the U-turn slot after Quezon Avenue service road, located under the Quezon Avenue flyover.
According to MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim, the closure of the U-turn slots is a necessary component in ensuring the effectiveness of the EDSA Busway scheme. “The eventual closure of U-turn slots along EDSA will make commuter travel through the EDSA Carousel easier, more convenient, and faster,” he said. Lim also assures motorists that the agency will be deploying additional traffic enforcers to guide and manage traffic flow in affected areas.
The MMDA is stepping up efforts to free up the EDSA bus lane
The MMDA implemented the U-turn closures along EDSA beginning September 28, 2020 as part of the EDSA Busway scheme, to address limited public transportation as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A total of 13 U-turn slots are set to be removed, with the agency providing alternate slots.
Under the EDSA busway project, the innermost lane along EDSA has been designated exclusively for buses traveling along the highway, separated by barriers. Private vehicles are assigned the middle lanes, while the rightmost lane is reserved for cyclists. As a result, the long-standing yellow lane for buses has been removed.
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Joseph Paolo Estabillo