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MMDA to reopen Edsa crossing

The Metro Manila Development Authority will implement a “big adjustment” to help ease traffic by reopening the Quezon Avenue-Edsa intersection to left-turning vehicles.

MMDA assistant general manager for operations Emerson Carlos said during a radio interview that the agency will install traffic lights on the intersection to control traffic flow in the area.

For his part, MMDA traffic engineering center head Neomi Recio said that based on the plan, the intersection will be opened to southbound vehicles coming from Elliptical Road turning left to Edsa and northbound vehicles, heading toward Trinoma and SM North areas from Araneta Avenue, both coming from Quezon Avenue.

But Recio said vehicles coming from both sides of Quezon Avenue will still not be allowed to cross Edsa using the intersection.

She said affected vehicles will pass under the Quezon Avenue-Edsa flyover.

Based on the MMDA’s data, at least 4,000 vehicles per hour are using the two U-turn slots under the Quezon Avenue-EDSA flyover.

Recio said that it will take weeks before the MMDA can open the intersection.

It would take at least a week to install the traffic lights and more time will be needed to remove other traffic-control features at the intersection.

Last week, the Philippine National Police’s Highway Patrol Group closed the U-turn slots in front of SM North Edsa and Trinoma malls.

Vehicles that usually use the U-turn slots to get to the nearby malls and North Avenue are now forced to use a single U-turn slot under the Quezon Avenue flyover.

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