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Elevated U-turn spots save government money - MMDA

MANILA, Philippines - The newly-opened elevated U-turn along Kalayaan Avenue in Makati City has decreased the travel time of vehicles by 50 percent, the Metro Manila Development Authority bared today.

Angelito Vergel de Dios, MMDA-Traffic Operations Center executive director, said this was the initial result of their study since the U-turn has been opened last Wednesday.

"Many of the motorists will now use the C-5 again rather than Edsa because of the elevated U-turn," De Dios said in a radio program.

De Dios said the average travel speed is now clocked at 43 to 50 kilometers per hour along C-5.

MMDA chairman Bayani Fernando, for his part, said the government has saved P300 million in building the elevated U-turn, a small version of an interchange in the Cloverleaf area in Caloocan City.

He said the elevated U-turn project was supposed to be funded via a P 600-million Japanese loan package.

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President Arroyo has released the fund for the project, Fernando said.

Such U-turn slots have saved the government P100 million a month in traffic operations, the MMDA head added.

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