Katipunan traffic: Viaduct, flyover construction coming – DPWH

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Monday, February 8, its plan to construct within the year a viaduct that would ease the traffic along Katipunan Avenue in Quezon City.

To give way to the project, it said, motorists should expect changes in traffic flow along this major road that traverses schools and commercial establishments.

“It (viaduct) has 4 lanes – two lanes on both directions – and it’s almost half a kilometer long,” said Melvin Navarro, director of the DPWH office in the National Capital Region.

The viaduct will run from the C-5 Road area to the Ateneo de Manila University Gate 3 near Miriam College, on both directions.

Navarro also said that a two-lane concrete flyover will be constructed from C-5 Road turning left to CP Garcia at the University of the Philippines (UP), but the DPWH is still finalizing project details before a bid is conducted.

"We already sent our people to UP for negotiation because the project will take 8,000 square meters of its land," he said.

The DPWH has until March 24 to bid out and award the flyover project. March 25 is the start of the official campaign period for local positions, and the corresponding ban on the awarding of government contracts.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has blamed the heavy Katipunan traffic on the many U-turn slots and the high volume of trucks that pass through the road. Rappler.com

Image of Katipunan Avenue traffic from Wikicommons.