Saturday, November 14

C5 - Kalayaan Elevated U-turns

Circumferential Road 5 (C5) is one of the major circumferential roads in Metro Manila and it connects the South Luzon Expressway in Taguig City to the north end of C5, the McArthur Highway in Valenzuela City and the North Luzon Expressway. Moreover, the C5-Kalayaan Avenue intersection is strategically located in the boundaries of Taguig City, Makati City, Pateros, and Pasig City which makes the said intersection congested especially during peak hours.

The interchange configuration proposed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for upgrade of the C5-Kalayaan Avenue intersection was an underpass that would serve through traffic along C5. The underpass scheme is part of the two grade separation infrastructures: the C5-Kalayaan underpass and C5-Vargas-Lanuza overpass that cost P512-million. Consulting services for the construction supervision of this interchange projects had been awarded to private engineering firms in 2002 and detailed designs were already completed for implementation in 2004.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), however, submitted counterproposals to construct two (2) U-turn flyovers along C5 instead of the proposed underpass at C5-Kalayaan and the retention of the U-turn scheme at C5-Vargas and C5-Lanuza. This P350-million worth project was favored than the earlier DPWH’s plans. Construction of Phase I (Taguig side) commenced in February 14, 2008 and was completed on August 1, 2008; while Phase II (Pasig side) was started on December 2, 2008 and completed on April 17, 2009. Last May 6, 2009, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo inaugurated the twin elevated U-turns in C5. MMDA Chairman Bayani Fernando led the formal presentation of the finished project....

**This is part of the introduction of a practical paper entitled Elevated U-turns in Metro Manila (written by Macababbad, Sigua, and Po) submitted for presentation in the 2009 EASTS Conference. To read more about this article, feel free to contact the admin of this blog or you can post comments and give your email address then the admin will contact you.

**To view photos of the elevated u-turns, click this Philippine Transportation Photos.

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