New traffic lights installed at Quezon City U-turn slots

newly installed traffic lights along EDSA

In its bid to facilitate a smooth traffic flow without hampering the operations of the EDSA Bus Carousel, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has installed two u-turns along Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) in Quezon City.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What is the purpose of the new traffic lights along EDSA? 

    The new traffic lights seen in front of the Quezon City Academy and near Dario Bridge are eyed to ensure smooth traffic flow in the area without impeding the EDSA Bus Carousel lane.
  • When were the new traffic lights switched on?

    Earlier today, with MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos leading the ceremonies. 
  • These two new traffic signal lights — which are part of the Phase V-Traffic Signalization Project of the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center — are seen in front of the Quezon City Academy and near Dario Bridge.

    newly installed traffic lights along EDSA

    MMDA Chairman Benhur Abalos, who led the ceremonial switching on of the new traffic lights, said that these are to address possible traffic concerns as the holiday season approaches.

    "We are gearing toward this holiday season. Hence, we have installed traffic signal lights on the said areas to improve road safety, pedestrian movement as well as reduced travel time. It is operational 24/7," Abalos stressed.

    “Also, I thank Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte for being our partner, especially on traffic management initiatives,” he added.

    newly installed traffic lights along EDSA

    Following this installation, Abalos said that the agency will reduce the number of traffic enforcers manning the area.

    “Currently, we have eight personnel deployed on the said areas. We will deploy our personnel to other strategic locations along the major thoroughfares to man the traffic,” he explained.

    newly installed traffic lights along EDSA

    For his part, Quezon City Assistant Administrator Alberto Kimpo — who was also present at the inauguration — expressed gratitude to the MMDA for the project, saying that it would benefit motorists.

    Earlier, light vehicles were the only vehicles allowed to make a u-turn at EDSA-QC Academy while the U-turn slot near Dario Bridge was opened for emergency and government-marked vehicles only, from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Photos from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

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