5-Minute Cubao-Makati Travel Time Possible: DPWH
A five-minute travel time from Cubao in Quezon City to Makati City is doable with the completion of several infrastructure projects in Metro Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
On the sidelines of the Pre-State of the Nation Address (SONA) Economic and Infrastructure Forum in Pasay City, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that 250,000 to 300,000 vehicles are expected to decongest Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) once the major projects are opened by the end of the year.
"When the President ran, he promised he would finish traffic in Edsa. In order for us to do that, we computed and we needed to take out 250,000 to 300,000 vehicles a day," he said.
"To revert back to a level of traffic when we finished the Skyway Project it will reduce traffic by 100,000 vehicles. When the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Harbor Link connector is completed it will minimize 50,000 vehicles. When C-6 is finished we reduce another 50,000," the DPWH chief added.
The completion of other bridges surrounding EDSA will lessen 50,000 vehicles.
"(The) Harbor Link, syempre malaki mababawas sa (of course, it will help lessen vehicles passing through) Edsa. Some projects directly affect EDSA. But overall, we expect that the President's statements are backed by very solid projects," the DPWH chief explained.
Earlier, Duterte said that travel between Cubao to Makati could be reduced to five minutes by end of the year. The current travel time is at least one hour.
The Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 is an 18.68-km elevated expressway from Buendia, Makati City to the North Luzon Expressway in Balintawak, Quezon City. The portion along President Quirino Avenue in Manila will open this year.
On the other hand, the 5.58-kilometer NLEX Harbor Link, Segment 10 connecting McArthur Highway and C-3 was inaugurated last February 28 and opened to traffic on March 1.
The C-5 South Link Expressway is a 7.7-kilometer expressway stretching from R-1 Expressway to SLEX/C5. Travel time will be reduced from 40 minutes to 10 minutes. Segment 3A1--Merville to C5/SLEX is targeted to be opened on July 22.