DPWH: Road reblocking in parts of Edsa, C5 this weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   May 3, 2019   •   1737

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced it will implement scheduled repair and maintenance works along Edsa and C5 road this weekend.

In an advisory posted on its official Twitter account, the DPWH said the reblocking and repair works will begin on Friday (May 3) at 11 p.m. and will end on Monday (May 6) at 5 a.m.

The agency said that parts of Edsa will be closed to traffic, particularly the portion fronting Baliwag Transit to New York Street, first and second lane from the sidewalk; 50 meters after Magallanes MRT to the outer lane of KM 29, and the road before New York street to after Monte de Piedad second lane from sidewalk.

Part of the C5 road fronting SM Aura beside the sidewalk will also be closed for repair.

Motorists are advised to use possible alternate routes to avoid heavy traffic in mentioned areas. – rrdg

Duterte may create independent team to probe alleged corruption in DPWH – Palace

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte may form a separate task force to investigate the alleged widespread corruption within the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Malacañang said.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the president would prefer an independent body although the task force created by the DPWH is a start.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar earlier ordered the creation of a five-member task force to probe and file charges against officials and employees allegedly involved in the corrupt practices.

Roque, however, noted that some have raised doubt if it can succeed in exercising its functions as “it’s the same people investigating one another.”

The Palace also urged the public to give DPWH the chance to fight and rid the agency of corruption. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Portion of Tagaytay Bypass road now open to motorists – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 22, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Maitim and Kaybagal sections of the ongoing four-lane Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in Tagaytay City, Cavite are now open to vehicular traffic, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration Wednesday of the 1.54-kilometer road segment which is also features a bike lane.

The opened segments are part of the 8.59-kilometer Tagaytay Bypass Road that will divert traffic from the congested roads of Tagaytay City, which run through Luksuhin, Sikat, Zambal, Guinhawa, Patutong Malaki, Balagbag, Salaban, Kaybagal, and Maitim road sections.

“The opening of these two sections is only the beginning as we have been prioritizing the inclusion of Tagaytay Bypass Road Project in the national budget since 2018,” Villar said in a statement.

When completed, the Tagaytay Bypass Road is expected to reduce the travel time from Alfonso towards Tagaytay City to only 20 minutes from the usual 53 minutes.

Aside from the Maitim and Kaybagal Section, the DPWH said it is currently implementing road opening and concreting at the 746-meter Balagbag Section, road opening of 1.32-kilometer Salaban Section, road concreting of 590-meter Guinhawa Section; and road opening and concreting of 580-meter Patuto Section 3.

The DPWH said it has so far released P466.24 million for the ongoing and completed sections of the bypass road project.

The entire stretch of Tagaytay Bypass road will also have a separated bike lane, as per Secretary Villar’s Department Order 88 series of 2020 which requires the inclusion of bike lanes in all future national road and bridge projects.

Gov’t signs P3.03-B contract for detailed engineering design of soon to rise Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project

Marje Pelayo   •   October 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday (October 20) signed the P3.03-billion contract for the detailed engineering design (DED) of a planned 32-kilometer bridge over Manila Bay.

The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project is expected to reduce the current five-hour travel time between the provinces of Bataan and Cavite to around 30 minutes.

Specifically, a 32-kilometer bridge with two lanes in each direction will be built across Manila Bay and connect Brgy. Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan to Brgy. Timalan, Naic, Cavite. 

According to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, this Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide a permanent road linkage between the two provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region in order to reduce the journey time and ease traffic congestion in Metro Manila.

The official added that other than reducing travel time and lower vehicle operating costs, the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide opportunities for expansion outside Metro Manila for economic growth.

It will also support development of seaports of Cavite and Bataan as the premier international shipping gateway to the country.

The DPWH said the project which is expected to start in November this year targets to finish in January 2022.

It will be funded by an additional financing for the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under a signed loan agreement last December 2019 between the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Department of Finance.

Once completed, it will become the largest and longest iconic bridge in the region. MNP / Jasper Barangan

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