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C5 South Link segment to open on July 23 – DPWH

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A segment of the C5 South Link Expressway is set to be opened for motorists next month, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Thursday.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction of Segment 3A-1 is currently being fast-tracked to meet the target date of opening on July 23.

The Segment 3A-1, which spans CP Garcia in Taguig City to Sucat in Parañaque City, is envisioned to decongest the East and West Service roads, as well as Sales Road.

Once the 2.2-kilometer segment opens, Villar said, this will help about 5,000 vehicles easily cross from Villamor in Pasay to Taguig via Fort Bonifacio in three minutes from the current 1.5 hours.

It will have three lanes and two interim toll plazas for both ends of the expressway. A toll of about P20 to P22 is expected once the new segment is opened.

The Segment 3A1 is part of the 7.7-kilometer South Link tollway stretch connecting C5 to Merville, Sucat and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex).

“Usually ‘yung mga taga-South kapag pupunta sa C5, iikot pa sila eh. It would take 45 minutes from R1, they have to pass through a portion of Edsa going to Taft iikot ka pa. Pero ngayon, diretso na ‘yung 7.7 kilometers. Ibig sabihin, siguro in 10 minutes you will be [able to traverse] from Coastal to C5,” Villar said.

The C5 South Link Expressway project is expected to reduce the number of vehicles along Edsa by 50,000. It is expected to be completed by year 2020. (with details from Benedict Samson)

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LIST: Weekend road reblocking in Metro Manila

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Friday, July 12th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has advised motorists to avoid several roads that will undergo repairs starting Friday evening.

In an advisory posted on its website, the MMDA said the following roads will undergo repairs from 11 p.m. Friday (July 12) until 5:00 a.m. on Monday (July 15):

SOUTHBOUND:

  • EDSA fronting Guzent Construction Equipment Sales and Rental to Culiat Bridge (1st lane from sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave. after P. Tuazon Blvd. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA Magallanes-Baclaran Bus Stop to Magallanes-Alabang Bus Stop (outer lane)
  • EDSA Eugenio Lopez – Sct. Borromeo (desilting and construction of manhole)
  • EDSA Quezon City between West Avenue and Philam Village (restoration/concreting works)

WESTBOUND:

  • Quirino Highway Kingfisher St. to Primerose St. (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • General Luis St. Pascual St. to before Oriental Tin

NORTHBOUND & SOUTHBOUND:

  • C-5 Road fronting SM Aura Northbound (3rd lane from median) and SM Aura Southbound (2nd lane from median)


NORTHBOUND:

  • Regalado Ave. Mindanao Ave. Ext. to Quirino Highway (2nd lane from sidewalk)
  • EDSA after Aurora Blvd. (2nd lane from sidewalk)

The MMDA said all affected roads will be fully passable by 5 a.m. on Monday.

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DPWH Secretary says 5-minute Cubao-Makati travel time possible

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has said that the 5-minute travel time from Cubao to Makati can be done.

Villar explained that major road projects in Metro Manila which are set to be opened will help in making the 5-minute travel time possible.

These projects include Manila Skyway Stage 3 Project, NLEX Harbor Link, and C5 South Link Expressway which are expected to be finished by the end of the year.

Villar said 200,000 vehicles would need to be taken out in order to reduce traffic along EDSA.

“To revert back to a level of traffic when we finish the Skyway Project it will reduce traffic by 100,000 vehicles. When the NLEX (North Luzon Expressway) Harbor Link connector is completed it will minimize 50,000 vehicles. When C-6 is finished we reduce another 50,000,” he said.

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has recorded around 400,000 vehicles traversing EDSA everyday which exceeds its capacity of 288,000 vehicles.

Meanwhile, aside from the DPWH, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Highway Patrol Group also thinks the 5-minute travel time is possible especially when traffic laws will be strictly implemented.—AAC (with reports from Joan Nano)

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DPWH to sue driver of truck that caused part of Roxas Blvd. to collapse

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is planning to file charges against the driver of a dump truck which caused a part of the Roxas Boulevard to collapse on Sunday while it was transporting sand for the ongoing rehabilitation of Manila Bay.

DPWH district engineer Mikunug Macud said they would file charges against the driver of the 14-wheeled truck for violating the load limit and passing through a secondary road where trucks are banned from traversing.  

The incident happened at past 1:00 a.m. along Roxas Boulevard corner Remedios street in Ermita, Manila.

The truck, which came from Pampanga, was heading to Manila Baywalk to deliver tons of sand for the Manila Bay rehabilitation project when it fell into a hole.

According to the truck driver, he was supposed to take Roxas Boulevard’s main road but traffic law enforcers allegedly directed them to pass through the service road to give way to a fun run event.

Macud said the truck carrying sand weighed about 42 tons while the Remedios street could only accommodate 20 tons.

The portion of the road that collapsed was built over a double barrel box culvert, which served as one of the city’s main drainage system. It was built in the 1970s.

“Dapat ang driver, alam niya ‘yung dapat daanan niya… hindi naman siya talaga dapat dumaan diyan kasi mayroon naman silang mga designated area,” Macud said.

The Remedios street was temporarily closed to traffic as authorities are still trying to extricate the truck out of the hole.

The DPWH hopes to immediately remove the truck to commence repairs on the damaged road. (with details from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

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