Authorities blame slow road construction, counter-flowing for San Miguel Junction traffic


A slow road construction project coupled with the tendency of motorists to counter-flow are what seemed to be causing the daily heavy traffic at the MP Road – A&A Plaza Hotel segment of the National Highway, based on the discussion of the Sangguniang Panlungsod in their regular session on Monday, October 3.

The problem created by the slow-paced road project was particularly cited by Engr. Jonathan Magay, Head of City Traffic Management, who criticized the disorganization and lack of communication from DPWH’s contractor.

“Makipag-coordinate naman sila sa City Traffic Management para maisaayos din ang construction nila,” Magay lamented, citing that the project’s contractor should have informed them about the project so that his team can plan necessary adjustments in traffic flow and routing. He also criticized the supposedly premature deconstruction of some parts of the road despite the unfinished concreting of other sections, further adding to the lessening accessibility of the road.

Magay said the City Traffic Management had already sent a letter, which was also approved by the DPWH, to the road project’s contractor, wherein the latter was advised to spill concrete cement during the night to lessen the heavy traffic.

In addition to the problematic road project, Councilor Matt Mendoza said the other contributing factor is the tendency for vehicle counter-flowing in the said area. As a resolution, Mendoza requested the City Traffic Management to assign more traffic enforcers in the area during peak hours to watch for violators.

Magay said they will do everything to lessen the heavy traffic in the said area.

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