LIST: Weekend road reblocking, repair schedule in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   January 31, 2020   •   473

MANILA, Philippines – Several roads in Metro Manila will be closed to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for the scheduled road repairs and reblocking.

In an advisory, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said road repair works on the following roads will begin 11 p.m., Friday (January 31) until 5 a.m., Monday (February 3):  

SOUTHBOUND

  • Bonifacio Ave. (SB) 7th Avenue to Sgt. Rivera St. (2nd lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA Bulacan St. to West Ave. (1st lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. Boni Serrano flyover (2nd lane from MRT Line)

EASTBOUND

  • General Luis St. Rebisco Road to Samote St.
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (7th lane from the outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)
  • Katipunan Ave./C5 after UP Town Center (3rd lane from the center island)

The DPWH advised motorists to take alternate routes to avoid the expected build-up of vehicles.

17 roads in Quinta-hit areas still impassable – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 27, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on Tuesday assured that clearing operations are underway in 17 national road sections in areas affected by Typhoon Quinta (international name: Molave).

DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said deployed teams are currently working on clearing three impassable roads in Cordillera Administrative Region, six in Region 2, three in Region 3, three in Region 4-A and one road section each for Region 4-B, Region 5, and Region 10.

Kennon Road remains closed, as well as Tawang – Ambiong Road K0263+900 – K0263+930, Sitio Lower Riverside, Brgy. Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet; and Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road K0643+050-K0643+110, Maragmin Section, Calanasan, Apayao in CAR due to road cut.

In Region 2, the Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge, Cabagan, Sta. Maria in Isabela; Abusag Overflow Bridge K0543+382 along Baybayog-San Jose-Baggao-Abusag-Dalin-Sta. Margarita Road in Cagayan are still closed due to flooding, while the intermittent sections of Cadcadir- Kabugao Road; Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section, k0760+700-k0761+500; Manila North Road (MNR) K0590+150, Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan; K0614+600-k0614+680, Brgy. D. Leano Claveria Section; and San Pedro Overflow Bridge NRJ-Villa Sur- San Pedro – Cabua-an – Ysmael Disimungal Road, K0367+786, Brgy. Villa Sur, Maddela Quirino are also impassable due to mudflow, landslide, and flooding.

The DPWH said that in Central Luzon, Nueva Ecija- Aurora Road at K0174+300, Brgy. Vilia, Maria Aurora, Aurora, and at K0166+950, Brgy. Labi, Bongabon, Nueva Ecija are also impassable due to landslides while Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road, K0068+850 – K0069+250, San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga is still affected by flood waters.

Three road closures were also reported in Region 4-A due to landslide, fallen trees, debris and utility posts, specifically at Batangas Tabangao-Lobo Road K0135+000-K0135+700 in Brgy. Pagkilatan and Brgy. Simlong, Batangas City; intermittent sections of Tagaytay Taal Lake Road in San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite; and along Indang-Alfonso via Luksuhin Road, K0058+600, Brgy. Mangas II, Ternate, Cavite.

Affected roads in Region 4-B, Region 5, and Region 10 due to flooding and landslide are the Calapan South Road, K0017+500 to K0017+600, Mindoro Oriental and Putiao-Pilar-Donsol Road K0564+950-K0565+100 in Sorsogon, and the Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon – Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon.

Villar said that although 16 road sections have been cleared, quick response teams with heavy equipment continue to conduct clearing operations and restoration works to open the remaining closed sections.

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.

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