EDSA Might Soon Have Narrower Lanes

To make way for an additional lane.

(SPOT.ph) Driving through the ever-present traffic in EDSA is a shared experience among those living in the Metro. Many have suggestedand triedsolutions to decongest the roadway, but traffic continues to persist. This time, the Metro Manila Development Authority suggests making the lanes narrower to make way for an additional lane along EDSA to reduce traffic and provide "ease vents" for motorists. 

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Each of the five lanes along EDSA measure around 3.4 to 3.5 meters wide, Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) traffic chief Bong Nebrija said in a radio interview. They may reportedly be reduced to around 2.8 meters to squeeze in new lanes.

The additional lane would serve as ease vents for motorists taking a U-turn or for those making left turns, the traffic authority said, noting that this would keep traffic flowing for those who won't be making turns. 

EDSA, also called Highway 54, was initially designed to be a high-speed roadway. It is the main thoroughfare in Metro Manila as it passes through Caloocan, Quezon City, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Makati, and Pasay.

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