BGC to follow one-way traffic next month

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PHOTO taken November 11, 2011 shows the Bonifacio Global City skyline in suburban Manila. — AFP

Bonifacio Global City (BGC) is set to implement a one-way traffic scheme in select roads next month to address the worsening traffic in the business district.

Starting Sept. 17, the new traffic policy will be implemented on the road connecting 30th Street, Rizal Drive, 28th Street and 11th Avenue. The same will be for the route linking 7th Avenue, Federacion Drive, 9th Avenue, 34th Street and 8th Avenue.

“A one-way traffic flow is the most efficient traffic circulation scheme for BGC’s street grid network because it maximizes the width of the street that is available for traffic, reduces the conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians at intersections, and minimizes the time that vehicles and pedestrians are stopped at traffic signals. Overall, BGC should become less congested and faster to travel in with a one-way traffic scheme” Bonifacio Estate Services Corporation General Manager Jun Galvez said in a statement on Friday.

It noted that the same scheme was implemented in the Makati central business district before, and was seen to ease the traffic in the area.

Being a similarly busy location filled with various establishments such as high-rise condominiums, offices, malls and museums, using the same strategy on BGC streets is hoped to produce the same results.

“To make sure that the new one-way scheme will become effective, BGC will continue its existing wheel clamping and towing operations to curb illegal street parking and keep its major streets free of obstructions,” it said. — Denise A. Valdez