Part 2 of our report on candidate Mar Roxas’s meet-and-greet with bloggers and social media. Other candidates, invite us for a chat.
On improving road infrastructure
Six additional elevated lanes parallel to Edsa will be constructed in one year, Roxas said. “Why has it taken so long? We fell behind.” Infrastructure plans had to be dusted off and updated with regards to engineering and costing, and right of way issues had to be resolved. The six-lane elevated highway would go from SLEX through Araneta Avenue to NLEX. At the same time, the elevated MVP highway going to the pier would be constructed. All trucks going to the pier would take that highway.
These will be toll highways, Roxas noted. “There will always be a free route, Edsa.” Motorists who want to save time can pay the tolls. He added that the Highway Patrol Group’s takeover of traffic management has been successful. Traffic infrastructure, software and systems are being improved and routes are being reworked.
Strength: We do need more roads.
Weakness: Are these new highways enough to handle the volume of vehicular traffic? Also, Roxas was Secretary of Transportation and Communications, meaning he was in charge of the traffic, between June 2011 and October 2012.
Opportunity: For construction companies.
Threat: If there is a zombie apocalypse, it will start on Edsa during rush hour. Someone will get out of a vehicle in the gridlock and start eating random commuters’ brains.
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