Southbound lanes of EDSA Kamuning flyover to be closed

April 22, 2024 Edd Reyes 94 views

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) yesterday said that the southbound portion of the EDSA-Kamuning flyover in Quezon City will be partially closed to vehicular traffic for six months, starting May 1.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will begin the by-phase retrofitting of the EDSA Kamuning flyover southbound on April 25 to strengthen the bridge and avoid further damage as preventive measures against natural disasters like earthquakes. It is expected to fully open to vehicular traffic on October 25.

The retrofitting of the Kamuning flyover is a significant step in the government’s efforts to rehabilitate structures in preparation for “The Big One” in case it happens.

In a press conference, MMDA Acting Chairman Atty. Don Artes advised motorists to avoid the said area as re-decking works will take up one and a half lanes but remain accessible for buses in the Edsa Carousel busway.

“Even though the flyover will be partially closed during the rehabilitation, it will still be passable to public utility buses on the EDSA bus carousel,” Atty Artes said.

The agency will also study whether emergency vehicles can be allowed to use the busway in the flyover on a case-to-case basis.

“Although the southbound lane of the Kamuning flyover will not be entirely closed, we are advising the motorists, especially private vehicles, to use the Mabuhay Lanes as alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic expected due to the re-decking works,” he added.

Before the start of the partial closure, MMDA will conduct intensified clearing operations in the vicinity to ensure unobstructed alternate routes, in coordination with DOTr, PNP-HPG, Quezon City LGU, and concerned barangay officials.

“As necessary, the agency will conduct clearing operations to remove any road obstructions, including illegally parked vehicles, to ensure alternative routes are all accessible to vehicles. Aside from that, the DPWH has prepared a list of alternate routes and will strategically install directional traffic signs to guide affected motorists. We will also allocate traffic marshals,” Atty. Artes stated.

Private vehicles are advised to take alternate routes.