EDSA walkway operational by yearend

    Walkway on Ortigas avenue and Edsa. (Photo from Flickr/ADB)

    The Department of Transportation (DOTr) targets the partial operation of the P8.8-billion elevated walkway on  Epifanio de los Santos avenue (Edsa) by yearend.

    Mark Steven Pastor, DOTr assistant secretary for road transport and infrastructure, in a press briefing said full operation of the Edsa Greenways project, which is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), is eyed by 2023.

    Phase 1 involves the construction of 4.6-kilometers of elevated walkway in four sites: Light Rail Transit (LRT) line 1 Balintawak station, Metro Rail Transit line 3 (MRT-3) and LRT-2 Cubao station and MRT-3 Guadalupe and Taft stations.

    Once completed, this project will serve 1.1 million pedestrians daily.

    According to ADB, existing pedestrian facilities on Edsa are poorly designed, uncomfortable, and unsafe.

    “The project will build or improve a total of five kilometers of covered elevated walkways around the four stations. Elevators will be attached to the elevated walkways to address the needs of the elderly, women, persons with disabilities, and people traveling with small children. The elevated walkways will be connected to mass transit stations to help promote the use of public transport,” ADB said.

    Meanwhile, the DOTr said it is also on track to start the construction of Edsa busway bridge with concourses this year.

    The construction of the bridges and concourses will be shouldered by the DOTr’s private sector partners SM Prime Holdings, D.M. Wesceslao and Associates Incorporated, and Double Dragon Properties Corp. These are located in SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa, SM Megamall , Macapagal Aseana City in Paranaque, and Edsa near the corner of Macapagal avenue.