Year-round EDSA rehab looms

By Dharel Placido,

Posted at Jan 15 2013 04:06 PM | Updated as of Jan 16 2013 07:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) is expected to undergo a major rehabilitation that will last for a year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Tuesday.

DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said the rehabilitation project, with a budget of at least P3.4 billion, is now on its final stage of planning.

The project aims to smoothen the riding experience in one of Metro Manila's busiest roads.

"We have been planning this since last year. We are just polishing the final details such as the vehicle re-routing scheme and the bidding out process," Singson told radio dzMM.

"We want to smoothen EDSA from end to end – from Roxas Boulevard to Balintawak."

The rehabilitation project will involve the concrete reblocking and asphalt overlaying of certain parts of EDSA.

Singson said in order to avoid traffic jams, the DPWH will come up with a schedule of the rehabilitation works. The reblocking will only be done during weekends.

He said traffic will be inevitable since concrete takes at least 3 days to properly cure.

The project will have three bidding packages based on three segments of EDSA, according to Singson.

The first segment is from Roxas Boulevard to SM Megamall, while the second segment is from Megamall to TriNoma. The third segment is from TriNoma to Balintawak.

Singson said the foreseen delays due to bad weather have already been factored in the one-year schedule.

The government hopes to finish the rehabilitation project in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in 2015.