MANILA – Rehabilitation work along the 22.9-kilometer stretch of EDSA will be conducted nonstop once it begins in May this year, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said on Friday.
“We cannot finish this if we just work on Friday evening until Monday morning. Because otherwise, masyadong ipipilit namin na gawin namin ‘yung 3 segments sabay-sabay, tingin namin, mas magulo,” he told ANC’s “Top Story”.
Singson, however, noted that the rehabilitation work will be divided into 3 segments and not all segments will be constructed simultaneously.
The first segment, which may begin work on May, is from Roxas Blvd. to Julia Vargas.
Singson said they are targeting to finish construction at the first segment in time for the World Economic Forum in June 2014.
“We want to make sure that segment 1, which is going to cover Pasay, Makati and Mandaluyong, will be finished by then,” he said.
The second segment is from Julia Vargas to North Ave. while the third segment is from North Ave. to Monumento.
Singson also explained that the stretch of road to be constructed per segment will not cover more than 200 meters.
“The next work station will be 200 meters away para sa ganoon, mayroong ‘weaving lanes’, otherwise magbu-bunch up masyado kung dikit-dikit ‘yung work areas,” he said.
He noted that a minimum of 3 lanes should be made available at any given time.
Singson said the DPWH will coordinate with local government units affected by the project to identify alternate routes for motorists.
He also said these alternate routes, mostly side streets, should be cleared before the project starts.
Vendors and bus stops should also be organized to prevent further congestion, said Singson.
“We have to put some discipline in the road. We have to recover all the easements on the road so that people will take their rides on the sidewalk, rather than people taking their rides on the street,” he said.
Singson said one of the main improvements in segment 1 of the project is a flyover over Taft Avenue.
“We will do an elevated 2-lanes, each direction, on EDSA on top of the LRT/MRT station on Taft Avenue. Those private vehicles can just breeze through the chokepoint and it will significantly reduce travel time on EDSA,” he said.
The Taft Ave. MRT station is one of the busiest stations in Metro Manila, where bus terminals are also located.
High grade asphalt
The project aims to elevate EDSA by about 100 millimeters or 4 inches and to fix damages in the concrete.
Singson explained that the DPWH has been doing away with “temporary repairs” by covering potholes and cracks with asphalt.
However, the “correct way,” Singson said, is to “remove the damaged concrete, replace them from bottom down with new concrete and put an asphalt layer.”
“I can assure you, mas kikinis pa ‘yan sa NLEX or SLEX,” he told ANC.
Singson appealed for patience from the public, as heavy traffic is expected once the project begins.
He said as early as now, he has requested the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to put signs on EDSA for the alternate routes so that motorists will get used to it.
“We need a little sacrifice to get this improvement done,” he said.