DPWH restored connectivity to Rizal province

An August 14, 2012, press release from the Department of Public Works and Highways

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has completed the construction of a temporary detour road as alternate for the cut section km 34 + 100 of Marcos Highway in Antipolo City, Rizal, caused by loosening of soil that triggered landslide due to last week’s heavy monsoon rains.

DPWH Rizal 1st District Engineering Office has reported to Secretary Rogelio L. Singson the restoration of two way traffic for motorists at highland Boso-Boso Section of Marcos Highway effective Sunday, August 12, 2012.

DPWH crew and equipment has worked round the clock for the detour road since the national highway in Sitio Calumpang, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, was damaged on August 8, 2012.

Rizal 1st District Engineer Edgardo Peralta said that the construction of the 60-70 lineal meter detour road which was completed at a cost of P2.2 Million has restored accessibility for motorists bound to other towns of Rizal towards the Provinces of Laguna and Quezon in Southern Tagalog Region.

Heavy loaded trucks including those loaded with feed supplies to Foremost Farm have passed at the detour road with DPWH men on watch to monitor road condition and pile of materials including gravel available for immediate correction of sagged portion whenever it occurs.

DPWH Rizal 1st District Office estimated the rehabilitation of 50 to 60 lineal meter cut portion of Marcos Highway at P20 Million to include the installation of piles to stabilize soil and embankment, and provision of reinforced concrete box culvert instead of reinforced pipe culvert which is inadequate to hold the flow of water.

Also in Southern Tagalog Region, Regional Director Luis Mamitag Jr. has reported that the Paete-Famy Poblacion Road particularly at Pangil-Siniloan Section (km109+000-km111+020) in Laguna is still flooded and is not passable to all types of vehicle.  However, motorists may take the Paete-Pakil Section of Calamba-Sta. Cruz-Famy Jct. Road.

Meanwhile, the DPWH Central Office in partnership with the Office of the President through the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) has been monitoring feedbacks in the social media page twitter @pcdspo under unified hashtag #lubak2normal from the general public on damaged roads as Secretary Singson has alerted all field offices to undertake massive road repair and restoration works on potholes and road damage that pose not only damage to vehicles but also endanger lives of motorists.

In the National Capital Region which has about 1,034.36 kilometers or 561 total numbers of national roads, DPWH have identified 27,039 square meters of roadways in 137 national roads in Metro Manila affected with potholes by the intense rain due to southwest monsoon.  About 32 roads were already restored that include northbound and southbound portion of EDSA from Roxas Boulevard to Makati Boundary, northbound and southbound portion of Roxas Boulevard from Kalaw to Redemptorist Church, EDSA from Caloocan Boundary to Quezon Avenue to V.V. Soliven, N. Roxas Street from Blumentritt to Ma. Clara Street, stretch of Commonwealth Avenue from Elliptical Road to Fairview Gate.

DPWH-NCR maintenance crew and equipment are undertaking today temporary patching on shattered pavements using base coarse materials at Juan Luna (M. Dela Industria to Maypajo Bridge), J. Abad Santos Avenue (C. M. Recto Ave. To J.P. Rizal Avenue Extension), Tayuman (A.H. Lacson to J. Luna), Muelle Dela Industria (Parola to Jones Bridge), Bonifacio Drive (2nd Street to P. Burgos Street), Romualdez Street (Apacible Street to Ayala Boulevard), C-4 Road (Borromeo Street to Dagat-Dagatan Avenue), EDSA Caloocan City (Monumento Circle to Gen. Simon Street), Mac Arthur Highway Valenzuela (Philgun Club Street to Valenzuela City Government Compound), Shaw Boulevard Mandaluyong-Pasig City (Hillcrest to Kalentong).

Asphalt patching are also being done at Tandang Sora Avenue (Commonwealth Avenue to Broadcast City), Fairview Avenue (Fairview Gate to Regalado Avenue North), and EDSA Mandaluyong City (Guadix Drive to Ortigas Avenue).

With the improve weather condition, DPWH would be able to conduct asphalt road repair or eventual concreting particularly in areas with big potholes including those reported damage sustained by national road in the twitter, facebook, media (print and broadcast), and DPWH Call Center Hotline 165-02.