MAKATI, Feb. 17 (PIA)--The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will conduct a trial run on Saturday (Feb. 18), of the re-routing scheme of vehicles to decongest heavy traffic in the Edsa-Mckinley area in Makati City.

The agency will be making Edsa-Mckinley Service Road into two-way traffic, allowing both public utility jeepneys (PUJs) bound for Makati Business District in Ayala and Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City to load in the area and private vehicles to use the other lane to bypass the Edsa-Mckinley intersection.

Dubbed as the Edsa-Mckinley Access Road, MMDA will open the service road to private vehicles coming from Mckinley, allowing them to turn right to get to Edsa-northbound. Private vehicles on Edsa-northbound going to BGC will also be allowed to use the Mckinley access road.

Under the re-routing plan, MMDA enforcers will only allow three PUJs at a time at the loading bay on the side of Shell gas station to pick up passengers.

All PUJs will unload passengers at the BGC bus terminal where drivers will wait for their turn to queue at the loading bay. Around 120 PUJs operating in the area will be affected by the new re-routing scheme, the MMDA said.

At present, the access road is only used by PUJs as loading bay.

The MMDA-Traffic Engineering Center (TEC) said it has requested the management of both the Ayala and BGC business districts to let their traffic personnel undergo training and to be deputized by the agency to maintain the flow of traffic in the area.

MMDA-TEC personnel have already put markings and directional signs on the access road in preparation for the test run on Saturday.

MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos has expressed gratitude to the Ayala group, which owns the private access road, for their cooperation and support in solving the traffic problem in the area.

“I am also thankful to the jeepney operators and drivers who readily agreed to this scheme,” Orbos added.

The MMDA came out with the re-routing scheme to address the heavy traffic build-up on the Edsa-Mckinley intersection during rush hours. (MMDA/RJB/SDL/PIA-NCR)