The Department of Transportation is fast tracking the completion of the EDSA busway to cut travel time from Caloocan to Paranaque to one hour.
The DOTr has procured 36,000 concrete barriers, which will be established to segregate the bus lanes, located on the innermost lanes of EDSA, from the other lanes of the highway.
A total of 9,000 units will be initially delivered from July 18 to 22, 2020, while the other 27,000 units will be delivered in three parts (9,000 units each) every after 15 days thereafter.
As a result of the transparent and efficient procurement process, government was able to save up to P16.2 million.
The barriers were procured at P4,300 per piece, compared to the P4,750 per piece approved budget for the contract of the Inter-Agency Technical Working Group, based on the initial quotations submitted by contractors.
Additionally, the agency was able to cut down the expected delivery period from 155 days down to 72 days.
DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor said the concrete barriers will be installed along EDSA immediately upon delivery.
On July 1, 2020, the interim operations of the EDSA busway started, with 550 bus units authorized to use it.
The EDSA Busway aims to significantly cut travel time from Monumento, Caloocan to the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) from the usual 2 to 3 to just 45 minutes to 1 hour.