By Betheena Unite
The six-month rehabilitation of a portion of Roxas Boulevard in Manila was scheduled to start Friday night, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced.
Starting 10 p.m. of February 28, the major rehabilitation on the northbound side of the key national road in the metropolis will be implemented, according to DPWH South Manila District Engineer Mikunug Macud, after securing the 180-calendar days road re-blocking and repair works schedule from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA).
Macud said the re-blocking and repair works covered a kilometer-long intermittent portion of the four northbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard.
“Tonight (Friday), we will begin repair along portions of the outermost northbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard, starting at 50 meters from EDSA in Pasay side, and another 50 meters from P. Ocampo Street in Manila side,” Macud said.
“Roxas Boulevard is a 5.45-kilometer national road that serves as a major route of heavy vehicles daily, particularly trucks, going in and out of Manila Ports. That’s why its foundation deteriorates faster than regular roads, hence the need for rehabilitation,” Macud added.
The rehabilitation project initially received an allocation of P20 million to cover the 530-meter portion from EDSA to before Libertad and another P40 million for the 500-meter section from Ocampo Street to before Quirino Avenue.
The repairs cover excavation of old road, road concreting, with drainage improvement and traffic management component.
Macud further said that once repair of initial portions are completed, same activities will be undertaken along the remaining sections of the northbound lanes as well as the entire four-lane southbound direction.
Meanwhile, repair and re-blocking works will resume on Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) and other roads in Quezon City starting 11 p.m. Friday.
DPWH – National Capital Region Director Ador Canlas said that the road repair activities in EDSA will cover the southbound direction from Guzent, Inc.-Construction Equipment Sales & Rental to Bansalangin Street, fifth lane from sidewalk; and from Approach B of P. Tuazon Flyover to Approach A of Boni Serrano Flyover, third lane from MRT line; and northbound direction after Aurora Boulevard to New York Street, third lane from sidewalk.
Repair works will also be undertaken at the southbound direction of A. Bonifacio Avenue from J. Manuel to Sergeant Rivera Street, third lane from sidewalk; westbound direction of General Luis Street from SB Diversion Road to Samonte Street and Elliptical Road from corner Maharlika Street, ninth lane from outer sidewalk.
Motorists are advised to take possible alternate routes due to expected traffic slowdown in affected areas. Affected road sections will reopen at 5 a.m. Monday, March 2.