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MMDA installs new traffic lights

MMDA crew upgrading another set of lights along Roces Street.

(July 26)—Another set of traffic lights with timers is now installed in the busy corner of Roces and Osmeña Streets as part of an on-going partnership between UPD and the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA).

It is the second of eight proposed installations to help ease traffic congestion in UPD. The other is installed at the corner of C.P. Garcia Avenue and the University Avenue.

The remaining six proposed installations will be along C.P. Garcia at the corner of Magiting Street leading into UP Village; C.P. Garcia Avenue and Velasquez Street near the National Science Complex; the corner of Jacinto Street near the Centennial Dormitory; Magsaysay Avenue and Ylanan Street near the Department of Military Science and Tactics building; Magsaysay Avenue and Roces Street near Yakal Residence Hall; and University Avenue and Jacinto Street.

The initiative is part of a partnership between UPD and the MMDA’s Metro Traffic Watch Program, which involves local communities in managing traffic in their respective areas.

According to the MMDA, the “community based system” will “engage barangay officials, school and university officials, traffic engineers, residents, as well as village associations, and students, in a series of consultations and dialogues to determine how they would go about solving traffic problems in their jurisdictions.”

The installation followed a meeting held in December 2012 between UPD and MMDA Deputy Chairman Alex Ramon Cabanilla, who is on secondment from the School of Urban and Regional Planning.—AKR