The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will enforce the “zipper lane” or counterflow lane along EDSA starting Monday next week (January 23).
This is to ease the heavy traffic congestion in the southbound lane of EDSA from Quezon City to Makati in the morning.
MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos says, the dry run is set on Friday, January 20.
Under the “zipper lane” scheme, southbound motorists will be allowed to use a portion of the northbound lane.
The “zipper lane” will start from EDSA-Main Avenue junction in Cubao, Quezon City up to EDSA-Ortigas Flyover across Guadix-MRT Ortigas station.
It will be in effect for two hours from 9:30 am until 11:30 am.
Orbos explains, traffic along the northbound lane is light during these hours and “this opens the opportunity to expand the capacity of the southbound lanes by using a portion of the northbound lanes.”
The lane will bypass the choke points at Santolan and Connecticut that affect motorists who are turning left towards Ortigas-Meralco area.
The U-turn slot at EDSA-Camp Crame, Santolan and northbound flyover ramp from EDSA to Ortigas Avenue-Greenhills will be closed and traffic flow will be diverted to the service roads on the right side.