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DPWH to start construction of two projects that will ease EDSA traffic

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will begin the construction of two projects that are expected to ease traffic congestion on EDSA, GMA 7 news program "24 Oras" reported on Tuesday.

The Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project Phase VI will see the construction of two-level  interchanges: the EDSA-North Avenue-West Avenue interchange, and the Mindanao Avenue interchange.

The first interchange will start at the end of the Quezon Avenue flyover and end at the Dario Bridge in Muñoz, and the other will begin at Congressional in Muñoz and end at Mindanao Avenue.

According to the National Economic and Development Authority, the Phase VI project, which will also see the construction of a third interchange, will cost P4.01 billion.

The second of these EDSA-traffic easing projects is the Gil Puyat Avenue-Paseo de Roxas-Makati Avenue Underpass project or the 600-meter Buendia Tunnel.

The P1.27 billion tunnel project is expected to ease traffic congestion in Makati and in EDSA.

The two projects -- the Metro Manila Interchange Construction Project Phase VI and the Buendia Tunnel -- are to be completed mid-2016 or in the first quarter of 2017.

"Ang intention is to improve or enhance traffic mobility not only in Metro Manila kasama na rin yung mga nearby provinces," explained DPWH-National Capital Region regional director Reynaldo Tagudando.

Other projects

Aside from the two project, another flyover project will connect the C-3 Caloocan to the NLEX.

Also, the  PPP project NLEX-SLEX connector road, involves the construction of a 13.4 kilometer four-lane elevated expressway that will connect NLEX and SLEX.

The government will start the bidding for the P25.6-billion connector road in the first quarter of 2015.

"Madi-decongest ang EDSA, ma-disperse yung mga movement ng vehicles especially pag natapos itong South Luzon Expressway (SLEX)-North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Connector Road,"  Tagudando added. — Kathryn Mae P. Tubadeza/DVM, GMA News