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MMDA shuns suggestions to raise Commonwealth Ave 60-kph speed limit

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority has been receiving suggestions for the past two days since the implementation of the 60-kph speed limit along the 12.4-km Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. Despite of the calls to increase the limit, MMDA is firm on the new traffic rule.

MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino mentioned that the 60-kph limit is one of the ways to diminish the number of fatalities and road accidents along the avenue that had been referred to as a “killer highway” because of the great number of recent casualties along the area.

Lane assignment system has also been ruled out to reduce traffic jams. Buses should take the two rightmost lanes, jeeps and motorcycles on the next two lanes, the other lanes for the private vehicles, and the leftmost lane for the vehicles which are taking a U-turn.

 

MMDA to Enforce 60 KPH Speed Limit [Metro Manila Development Authority Sets 60 KM Per Hour Speed Limit on Major Metro Manila Roads]

Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City has often been branded as Metro Manila’s killer highway, given the number of accidents and incidents that occur in any given day. With up to than 18 lanes at its widest points (9 lanes each side), Commonwealth Avenue is surely a tempting place to drag race or at least to drive fast.

Unfortunately, Commonwealth is also littered with road hazards, such as U-turn slots, concrete barriers for designated passenger loading lanes, and the like. Even with pedestrian footbridges, some people opt to gamble their lives and cross the wide road at street level. Commonwealth avenue is also home to several city and provincial public utility vehicle lines, like buses and jeepneys, which often stop at loading stations, but sometimes indiscriminately load and unload passengers along the highway.

Given these, the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has decided to implement a 60 KPH speed limit along the street.

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