MMDA wants to add another lane to EDSA… by narrowing the existing lanes

The holiday rush proved one thing: the traffic in Metro Manila has become unbearable. To solve that, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has a proposed solution: add one one more lane to EDSA by narrowing the existing lanes.

According to the MMDA, this would make room for additional vehicles and also smoothen the flow of traffic.

To date, both northbound and southbound lanes have five lanes each. By reducing each lane from 3.4 meters to 2.8 meters, EDSA can accommodate 6,000 more vehicles each way. Reports say that this will not cause any accidents since under existing law, vehicles cannot exceed 2.5 meters wide.

The additional lane is said to be used for those making a U-turn or for those making left turns, according to MMDA traffic chief Bong Nebrija.

According to MMDA Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago, their office has already submitted the proposal to the Department of Public Works and Highways.

He also told GMA that there will be no constructions necessary to make the adjustments. All they need to do is to adjust the road markings.

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