The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will establish exclusive lanes for bicycles, public utility vehicles, and motorcycles along Commonwealth Avenue in a bid to ensure safety among road users and likewise promote the decongestion of traffic flow in the area.
This was after the Metro Manila Council (MMC), composed of Metro Manila mayors, agreed in principle to establish exclusive lanes for such riders and motorists to avert road accidents.
“A total of 1,010 fatal, non-fatal, and damage to property accidents involving motorcycles along Commonwealth Avenue.”
As per the Road Crash Statistics from the MMDA Traffic Engineering Center, there were a total of 1,010 fatal, non-fatal, and damage-to-property accidents involving motorcycles along Commonwealth Avenue.
MMDA Acting Chairman Engr. Carlo Dimayuga III said that the exclusive motorcycle lanes shall be implemented, pending the adjustments recommended by the Quezon City local government unit.
“The exclusive motorcycle lanes located at the third lane from the right along Commonwealth will depend upon the road conditions as the road has some inconsistencies in terms of lane width due to different construction projects,” Dimayuga said.
“The right outermost lane of Commonwealth Avenue shall be designated as an exclusive bicycle lane.”
In the MMDA Resolution No. 22-15, the right outermost lane of Commonwealth Avenue shall be designated as an exclusive bicycle lane.
The second lane and third lane of the same avenue will be designated as exclusive Public Utility Vehicle (for jeeps, UV Express, buses) and motorcycle lanes, respectively.
The remaining lanes of Commonwealth Avenue shall be utilized by all other motor vehicles.
The agency, in coordination and cooperation with the Department of Public Works and Highways, as well as the Quezon City LGU shall install appropriate traffic signs and apply the proper lane markings along Commonwealth Avenue from Elliptical Road to Doña Carmen Subdivision and vice versa as a guide to motorists and to delineate the exclusive lanes from one another.
Further, the MMC also approved the implementation of a temporary truck ban along Roxas Boulevard while there is ongoing DPWH construction in the area, specifically in front of the U.S Embassy.
As stated in the MMDA Resolution No. 22-16, trucks and trailers, with a gross capacity weight of more than 4,500 kilograms, are temporarily prohibited from plying Roxas Boulevard, Manila to avoid deterioration and shall instead utilize the original truck routes from SLEX to Osmeña Highway to President Quirino Avenue or from Port Area to SLEX.
From SLEX to Port Area
From South Luzon Expressway straight to Osmeña Highway to Pres. Quirino Avenue, turn left to Plaza Dilao towards Pres. Quirino Ext., left at U.N Avenue, turn right to Romualdez, turn left to Ayala Avenue/P. Burgos Avenue, then turn right to Bonifacio Drive to the destination.
From Port Area to SLEX
From Bonifacio Drive, turn left to P. Burgos/Ayala Blvd. then turn right to San Marcelino, and turn left to Pres. Quirino Avenue then right turn to Pres. Osmeña highway to SLEX.
Meanwhile, Dimayuga also said that the agency will implement a moratorium on road diggings, except for the government’s flagship projects, from November 14 until January 2, as part of the MMDA’s traffic mitigation measures for the holidays.