Intersection Design - Grade Separation Design (Underpass)
You can see these in the important intersections in Metro Manila where both roads are of major significance and both handles heavy traffic. Separating 4 lanes in one road by either putting it under and over the ground effectively separating through traffic from the conflicted areas at the ground level. The flyovers do the same effect on the traffic.
Examples that I could pinpoint are the Quezon Avenue - Araneta Avenue underpass and the Quezon Avenue - EDSA underpass, among others.
Compared to the flyovers, constructing these takes more time and money because in addition to the digging of the underpass is that you have to add a drainage pumping station especially if the place is flood prone.
I wouldn’t mind if the government demolishes the current Palacio del Gobernador in favor of a more appropriate edifice. Plans for the post-1863 earthquake Palacio del Gobernador still exists though unbuilt at all.
With the completion of Ayuntamiento de Manila, this will be the first time since the 1863 earthquake that the three major edifices of Intramuros will be complete. That’s 150 years. Yep, the Ayuntamiento Building is my favorite among all Old Manila buildings.
I can’t wait to explore the interiors of the said building when it formally opens.
9 Things Filipinos Should Do In Their Twenties (According To My Relatives And Neighbors) – mary’s blog
Thought Catalog is wrong. Your 20s aren’t for “finding yourself” and “trying new things”. It’s not for backpacking across Europe, surviving massive hangovers, or dancing with strangers. Not if my neighbors and relatives have anything to say about the matter. And boy, do they have A LOT to say about it.
Hate it or hate it, advices like from relatives are at the same time laughable and hateable, even if 90% of them are unsolicited. Do not listen to them and you’ll be called rude, disrespectful and snob.
Hot tip: Do the “Tagos sa kabilang tenga” treatment when they hand off such helpul words.
Last Tip for Twentysomethings: You’re an adult now, whether you want your life to be dictated by other people or your own free will, it’s actually mostly your own decision.
Because of the massive traffic congestion the multiple roadworks, MMDA proposed the revival of the Pasig River Ferry service. (Read here)
Here are the basic facts of the ferry service from Wikipedia. The ferry service was recently revived last 2007 but was cancelled 2011 because of operational losses and decreased ridership.
It will be given a second chance because of the multiple roadworks and massive traffic jams will be expected because of these. We are talking of more than 10 different road projects happening in Metro Manila in the span of 2014-2017. For a list of the different roadworks that will happen in the next three years, here is Rappler’s list.
But worth noting:
- Pasig River Ferry Service will highly benefit the areas near the Downtown Manila, Eastwood City, Bonifacio Global City, Cybergate Area and the Bonifacio Global City. I’m just taking note of these High Density Areas because these are the places that attract and generate a lot of traffic.
- Most North-South trips happen from Quezon City to Makati City via EDSA or C-5. Aside from MRT (which has an abhorrent service) what will be another alternative for these trips, without using MRT? QC - Makati trips comprise the majority of the EDSA Southbound traffic during rush hour.
- Freeing EDSA and other major roads from “green plates" on select days of the week will largely help us from this hell. It’s a plus that people that usually drive to work will have an idea on what degree Public Transport sucks here. The current objective of MMDA to have private vehicles still on the road while these roadworks are in progress is the problem itself. But we should make sure that the Bus Segregation Scheme in EDSA will be implemented to the letter, and yes that should make people see the good thing about the fixed loading and unloading stations in EDSA due to the bus segregation.
- 7 out of 10 Metro Manila residents use Public Transportation, yet the traffic schemes are for the convenience of the private motorists. Do the math and it should make sense.
"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars, it is where the rich use public transportation."
- Mayor of Bogota (I guess it’s Enrique Penalosa)
Aside from never leaving home for 2 years, what will be your adjustment to these roadworks?
MANILA - A feared traffic Armageddon may begin tomorrow with the start of the construction of a major infrastructure project in Metro Manila.
Q:are there any actual old bahay-na-batos in intramuros? i think the bahayna-batos there are actually reconstructions (during 1980s i think) and the real old ones are fort santiago, the old chamber of commerce and probably and letran among others, couple that with some 50s bldgs like that stark white bpi building(i think it was different bank then). correct me if im wrong. thanks
If you mean by actual is that they are built before the Liberation, yes there are no existent bahay na bato in Intramuros. The streetblock across San Agustin Church are just reconstructions of Bahay na Batos found in Manila during the turn of the Century.
If you are hunting such kind of residential house, you can visit the Bahay Nakpil and the other neighboring old houses along Barbosa and Hidalgo in Quiapo.
On Manila’s Truck Ban
First the buses, then the trucks. Starting February 24, Manila will implement a daytime ban on Heavy Trucks (>4500 kg) to travel through the city’s roads. The whole Metro Manila has a different restrictions on travel of heavy trucks (6AM -10AM and 5PM - 10PM). It is worth nothing that the busiest port of Luzon is in the Manila. But like NAIA which is the airport of the capital city, Metro Manila’s main seaport is horribly congested and this congestion spreads throughout the Metro’s roads. Like the Government Center and the Airport, the seaport must also move out of Manila already. I tell you, the queueing and gridlock of container vans along the Customs isn’t helping the Bureau shape up (it’s helping smugglers along the way).
Ban on trucks is just a superficial solution but it doesn’t really solve the lack of available roads for these heavy vehicles (until the said NLEX SLEX connector roads are finished). You know, moving some of the cargo traffic from Port of Manila to the other ports like Subic Freeport and the Batangas Port could help, by decongesting the port of Manila and thereby reducing the roads going out to their intended destinations.
But really, with Subic and Batangas being serviced by expressways, why not use them as the other ports for Metro Manila?
Chinese New Year Photowalk 2014
A Program at the Plaza of Binondo, an afternoon blast off with dancing Lions and Dragons. This kicks Chinese New Year Photowalk 2013’s ass, which was uneventful.
Thank you to the people who joined us this year! Looking forward to the next Jaywalkersph event.
Arvin Jimenez (aka Tado) is one of the fatalities of the bus accident at Mountain Province.
Rest in Peace, Tado.
For the first time, I dared to go from my abode in Fairview, QC to Makati City (Guadalupe). The catch? I did it during the morning rush hour, I just rode a bus throughout the trip and it was a 24 kilometer bus ride because I don’t want to ride MRT-3. The bus I boarded on started driving from Fairview Bus Terminal at exactly 6:28AM and reached my destination in Guadalupe at 8:15AM. That’s a few minutes shy of two hours, but better than my estimate of 2 hours 15 minutes. I positioned myself in front of the bus so if I get bored in the traffic, I can observe the driver, the conductor and the surroundings while I commute. So here are some observations from my first conquest of the Commonwealth - EDSA rush hour.
- Commonwealth is an easy thing, though the bus frequently stops at many points throughout Commonwealth just to get passengers. Commonwealth has 8 lanes from Regalado Avenue to the Fairview Rotunda near Dona Carmen and 12-20 lanes from Dona Carmen to Elliptical Road. Commonwealth is an easy ride but as I said earlier, the bus stops frequently (I mean every second) to get passengers, and I hope they also implement a similar Bus Segregation Scheme along Commonwealth Avenue so travel time will be faster and more efficient.
- East Avenue can be stressful because of the signalized intersections, but traffic is getting heavy when it nears EDSA. The bus stops at Quezon City Hall, Heart Center and NSO.
- EDSA, EDSA… How do I even begin to describe EDSA?
- EDSA is the longest highway in the country, starting from the Monumento Circle in Caloocan City and ends at the Globe Rotunda at SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City. The highway traverses the cities of Caloocan, Quezon, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay. It was once the widest highway in the country at 12 lanes until Commonwealth Avenue was expanded to almost 20 lanes. It’s one of the busiest roads in the Metro.
- EDSA has this Bus Segregation Scheme, but it is very loosely implemented. The drivers, passengers and the law enforcement cooperate in making the implementation very loose.
- I spent thirty minutes from EDSA East Avenue to EDSA D. Tuazon. That’s 4 kph. I could see some reasons.
- There are many many provincial bus terminals also operating in this segment of EDSA competing with the limited bus space with the city buses. Until all the the planned Inegrated Transport Terminals are in Place, we’ll have the City Buses competing with the already limited space of the road with the Provincial Buses.
- At the MRT Araneta Center Cubao Station, the roadside is overflowing with pedestrians going to MRT 3, LRT 2 or riding the buses. A chance for the buses to fill the empty seats, but to no avail. It produces a massive line of buses trying their luck to fill the bus. This causes additional congestion stretching from the train station to EDSA Kamuning. I did not see a traffic enforcer there.
- From EDSA D Tuazon to EDSA Ortigas, it was fairly slow but flowing smoothly. Thank heavens, an enforcer directed the bus to take the Ortigas Flyover to Ortigas Bus Stop (Bus A). It stopped at Starmall Shaw and at Boni Avenue then at Guadalupe.
- I departed at Guadalupe Bus Stop. I was boarded off far from the exact bus stop. If one could remember some months ago a bus collided with the Pedestrians, killing them. The Bus stop is far from MRT Guadalupe and JP Rizal Avenue.
- The bus has a defective speedometer.
- And this is what you see when you are in the front seat of the bus stuck in slow traffic, you can observe almost everything.
- Next time the target time to Makati should be 7:30AM. Help me Lorde.
Q:Hello. I am an architecture student in FEU and Philippine Architecture History turned out to be my favorite subject this semester. I am thinking about pursuing a teaching career out of it. And I must say I am delighted to see that people blog about the proud history of the Philippines, most especially Manila.
Hi anon! I personally think we do need a lot of your kind today, in my opinion. Well, I think heritage awareness should start as early as an architect’s undergraduate study so architects are less susceptible of the “demolish and build” mentality.
Good luck to pursuing that, I hope that is already your passion in life!