LIST: Weekend road repair, reblocking in Metro Manila

Robie de Guzman   •   February 21, 2020   •   610

MANILA, Philippines – Some roads in Metro Manila will be closed for scheduled road repair and reblocking starting Friday, February 21, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In an advisory, the DPWH said the following roads will undergo repair and reblocking beginning 11 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. on Monday, February 24:

SOUTHBOUND:

  • Bonifacio Ave. 11th Ave. to Sgt. Rivera St. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA Guzent to Roosevelt Ave. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)
  • EDSA approach BP Tuazon flyover to approach A. of Boni Serrano flyover (3rd lane from MRT Line)

WESTBOUND:

  • General Luis St. Samote St. to SB Road
  • Elliptical Road from Kalayaan Ave to Maharlika St. (4th lane from the outer sidewalk)

NORTHBOUND:

  • EDSA QC after Aurora Blvd. to New York St. (3rd lane from the sidewalk)

Meanwhile, portions along C-5 cor. Eagle St., along Julia Vargas, and along Pasig Blvd. will be closed by 10 p.m. Friday night until 4 a.m. on Monday to give way to the construction of Manila Water’s main sewer network.

Affected motorists are advised to expect heavier than usual traffic and use alternate routes instead.

P13.23-B Davao City Bypass road project contract awarded to Japanese firm – DPWH

Robie de Guzman   •   October 30, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced it has awarded the civil works contract for the initial implementation of the Davao City Bypass Construction Project to a Japanese Consortium.

In a statement on Thursday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the joint venture group of Shimizu-Ulticon-Takenaka will undertake the construction of contract package 1-1 of the project amounting to P13.230 billion.

The package, which covers 10.7 kilometers of four-lane highway inclusive of 2.3-kilometer tunnel, will be undertaken by the group within 37 months of 1,110 calendar days.

“This bypass road will mitigate congestions in Davao City with the travel time between Brgy. Sirawan in Toril District Davao City and Brgy. J.P. Laurel in Panabo City of 1 hour and 44 minutes via Pan-Philippine Highway Diversion Road to be reduced into 49 minutes via Davao City Bypass,” Villar said.

The contract agreement between the DPWH and the Japanese joint venture group was signed on Thursday, Oct. 29 by DPWH Undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office (UPMO) Operations and Technical Services Emil Sadain, Project Director Virgilio C. Castillo of DPWH UPMO Roads Management Cluster 1, and Makoto Fujii and Gil P. Manuel of Shimizu-Ulticon–Takenaka Joint Venture.

According to Sadain, the most significant component of the project included in the awarded contract package is the 2.3 kilometer mountain tunnel that that will run through the mountainous barangay to shorten the drive from the Davao-Digos Intersection of the Pan Philippine Highway in Toril, Davao City towards the intersection of the Davao-Agusan National Highway in Panabo City.

“It is expected that Japanese technology such as excavation techniques for tunnel construction will be applied and our Filipino engineers and skilled workers may take advantage of acquiring technical knowledge and expertise in the building of the tunnel that will be the longest in the country once completed,” he said.

The Davao City Bypass Construction Project will be funded by the Japanese Official Development Assistance signed last June providing the Philippine government with a Special Terms for Economic Partnership (STEP) Loan from JICA under Loan Agreement Nos. PH-P261 and PH-P273, the DPWH said.

Under the STEP loan that will promote transfer of outstanding Japanese technology and expertise, the main contract is Japan tied but allows a joint venture in addition to the Japanese company.

Villar said the bypass road construction is seen to be a driving force for economic growth in the entire Mindanao by connecting the port area to the southern end of the Davao City while avoiding the city center.

The entire bypass road with a total length of 45.5 kilometers is divided into six packages: package I-1 (10.7 km), package I-2 (12.8 km), package I-3 (6.1 km), package II-1 (2.7 km), package II-2 (3.5 km), and package II-3 (9.7 km).

Typhoon Quinta leaves P58-M damage to infrastructure, DPWH says

Robie de Guzman   •   October 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Damage to roads and bridges due to the onslaught of Typhoon Quinta in the country has already reached P58 million, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.

In a statement on Wednesday, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar noted that the amount is only a partial cost of damage covering Region 2 with P30 million, Region 4-A with P20 million, and Region 5 with P8 million.

Villar also reported that at least 15 road sections remain closed to traffic as of Wednesday morning.

He said DPWH quick response teams are still clearing four road sections in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), four in Region 2, two in Region 3, four in Region 4-A, and one in Region 10.

In CAR, road closures are reported along Kennon Road; Tawang – Ambiong Road,

K0263+900 – K0263+930, Sitio Lower Riverside, Brgy. Ambiong, La Trinidad, Benguet; Claveria-Calanasan-Kabugao Road K0643+050-K0643+110, Maragmin Section, Calanasan, Apayao; and along Tabuk – Banawe via Tanudan – Barlig Road, K0522+150 – K0522+200, Matteled Section, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga and K0522+200 – K0522+250, Dupligan, Tanudan, Kalinga due to unsafe roadway, road cut, and damaged/sunken pavement.

The Cabagan-Sta. Maria Overflow Bridge, in Cabagan, Sta. Maria, Isabela; intermittent sections of Cadcadir- Kabugao Road; the Jct. Logac Lasam Gagabutan Road (JLLGR) Rizal Section, k0760+700-k0761+500, Sitio Masi , Brgy. Talat, Rizal, Cagayan; and Manila North Road (MNR) K0590+150 in Brgy. San Juan, Sta. Praxedes, Cagayan remain impassable.

DPWH Region 3 reported the ongoing clearing operations along intermittent sections of Baliwag-Candaba -Sta. Ana Road in San Agustin, Candaba, Pampanga; and Candaba – San Miguel Road, K0072+750 – K0072+300, in Paralaya, Candaba, Pampanga.

In Region 4-A, four closed sections are: Batangas Tabangao-Lobo Road K0135+000-K0135+700; Talisay-Laurel-Agoncillo Unclassified Road at Sitio Manalao, Agoncillo, Batangas; intermittent sections of Tagaytay Taal Lake Road in Brgy. San Jose, Tagaytay City, Cavite; and the Indang-Alfonso via Luksuhin Road, K0058+600, Brgy. Mangas II, Ternate, Cavite while the Misamis Oriental -Bukidnon – Agusan Road, Siloo Bridge, in Brgy. San Luis, Malitbog, Bukidnon also remains impassable.

On the other hand, all road sections in Bicol Region have been cleared and opened following the onslaught of Quinta, Villar said.

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.

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