According to the 2020 census, the National Capital Region is the second most populated area in the Philippines next only to Calabarzon. And with 13.48 million people living in a limited amount of space, it’s bound to get cramped.
That’s what the current situation in the region is, especially when it comes to roads and thoroughfares. NCR is always on top of the list when it comes to traffic congestion, specifically its economic center Metro Manila.
To battle this seemingly unsolvable dilemma, the current administration poured significant funding into the creation of infrastructures that will ease congestion on roads through its Build! Build! Build! Program.
Here’s some of them:
Skyway Stage 3
The 18-kilometer elevated pathway was officially opened in January of this year. The structure was a collaboration between the administration and the San Miguel Corporation (SMC) and cost a total of Php 80 billion.
Now fully operational, the thoroughfare helps decongest EDSA and C5 by accommodating 55,000 vehicles daily. It also cuts travel time from Makati to Quezon City from two hours to only 15 to 20 minutes.
Just last week, the Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge was officially opened to motorists after being closed in 2019 for much-needed renovations.
It was improved to alleviate traffic at Makati-Mandaluyong Bridge and Guadalupe Bridge.
The bridge connects Makati to Mandaluyong and reduces travel time from one hour to only 12 minutes. It can accommodate a total of 1.3 million vehicles daily.
Pasig-Marikina Flood Control Project
With the project now completed, flood mitigation efforts have greatly improved in the areas of Pasig and Marikina.
As part of the project, revetments, parapet walls, dike embankment, sluice structures, and bridge foundation protection were constructed and installed in the critical areas of the Pasig-Marikina River.
This is already the third phase of the Pasig-Marikina River Channel Improvement Project (PMRCIP).
NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10
The NLEX Harbor Link Segment 10 is the first truck-graded expressway in the country. It will connect to upcoming road projects-the NLEX Connector Project, the Skyway Stage 3, the Radial Road 10, and the NLEX Harbor Link C3 Radial Road 10.
After its completion in 2019, the road effectively reduced travel time from Quezon City to Manila from two hours to only 20 minutes.
The Binondo-Intramuros Bridge will span a total of 680 meters and will connect Intramuros and Binondo through a viaduct. The bridge will also be available to pedestrians, equipped with lanes on each side.
Mindanao Avenue Extension
Once operational, the 3.2-kilometer extension of Mindanao Avenue will reduce the one-hour and 30 minute trip from Quirino Highway to General Luis Avenue to only 20 minutes.
Though not started yet, the extension project is expected to break ground this 2021.
NLEX Connector Road
The NLEX-SLEX Connector Road Project, which starts from C3 Road in Caloocan and extends to Sta. Mesa in Manila will span a total of eight kilometers.
The pathway’s first five-kilometer segment- from C3 road to España – is expected to be completed within the year.
Construction of the road is expected to be fast-tracked after contractors adopted the Super T Technology, which reduces the construction schedule by about one year.
Wawang Pulo and Coloong Pumping Station
To mitigate flooding in Valenzuela City, DPWH commissioned the creation of the Wawang Pulo and Coloong pumping station. The project was finished in 2019.
The station has a discharge capacity of 14 cubic meters per second and seven cubic meters per second.
The first phase of the project, which links Merville to SLEX, was completed in 2019. The C5 Southlink, which spans a total of 7.7 kilometers, will be further expanded to connect to Radial Road 1, Sucat Interchange, and E. Rodriguez.
The Skyway Extension Project is already 47 percent complete. It will extend from Sucat Main Toll Plaza to Susana Heights.
It’s expected to be finished within the year.
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