- MMDA explained side over the construction of a steep footbridge in Quezon City
- MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia said he is inquiring funds to be allocated for an escalator
- The footbridge cannot be deescalated as it needs to be three to four meters above MRT-3’s power lines
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) explained its side over the construction of a footbridge across EDSA in Kamuning, Quezon, City after some netizens complained it is like a ‘stairway to heaven’ that elderly, pregnant women, and persons with disabilities would be having a hard time using.
MMDA general manager Jojo Garcia, in a DZMM interview, according to Manila Bulletin, explained that the footbridge was built after several instances of pedestrians being run over the vehicles as they crossed the highway.
He said he is inquiring funds to be allocated for an escalator.
For safety reasons, he noted, they cannot deescalate the height as it needs to be three to four meters above the power lines of MRT-3.
MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said the main reason for the footbridge’s construction is to avoid pedestrian-related accidents in the area.
She said, as per CNN Philippines, it is up to the pedestrians to use the high footbridge or use the other footbridge.
“If they’re complaining that the footbridge is not PWD-friendly, not senior citizen-friendly, sa ngayon po ang main purpose po niyan ay for safety.” [For now, the main purpose is for safety.]
Aside from the EDSA-Kamuning footbridge, there’s another steep climb along Commonwealth-Central Avenue in Quezon City.