MANILA Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino on Friday confirmed that Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio Singson has agreed to consult Metro Manila mayors on the EDSA rehabilitation project.
Tolentino said Singson would be present to explain the rehabilitation project during the next Metro Manila Council (MMC) meeting.
The MMC is the agencys policy-making body whose members are Metro Manila mayors.
"Secretary Singson will be in attendance. Sa palagay ko naman magiging maayos ito," said Tolentino in an interview.
Although they are supporting the project, Tolentino and some Metro Manila mayors would like the DPWH to get the approval of the MMC.
Tolentino said they are one with the DPWH in their aim to improve EDSA considering that it is the metropolis major thoroughfare.
The MMDA chief explained that the impact of such a major rehabilitation work, particularly on traffic management, is not limited to one city or local government alone, thus the need for consultations and alternative routes.
But he said the DPWH should first come up with alternative routes that motorists can use while the re-blocking and rehabilitation works are being conducted so as not to cause traffic nightmare.
On a daily basis, about 316,345 public and private vehicles pass EDSA, making it the busiest roadway in the metropolis. The highway has 12 lanes, six for each portion (south and northbound).
Singson earlier said the P3.4 billion EDSA rehabilitation project is now on its final stage of planning.
At the same time, the official said they will come up with alternative routes and the schedule of rehabilitation works.
He added that majority of the work will be done during the weekends to avoid causing traffic jams.
But Singson admitted that it will cause traffic problems especially since the concrete takes two to three days to properly cure or before it can be opened to vehicular traffic. (PNA)