MANILA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is seeking a permit for another round of road reblocking along EDSA.
This time, the road reblocking project will cover about 2,000 square meters.
DPWH has already finished reblocking 28,600 square meters of EDSA over the Holy Week break, which cost around P200 to P300 million.
The target is to reblock a total of 30,000 square meters but that would mean closing down down the whole of EDSA. As such, the project would have to be done in phases.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson said once the reblocking is done, the next phase is to smoothen the roads through an asphalt overlay.
“The original plan was to reblock, remove all the broken concrete, normally we would do an asphalt overlay, just like what we did in Roxas Boulevard. So now nagreblock kami, the next step is to smoothen them out, the correct preventive measure is to do an asphalt overlay," he said in an interview on ANC’s Headstart.
Singon added they can finish the asphalt overlay in one year if uninterrupted.
"When I say uninterrupted, may mga asphalt pavers na isang pasada, they do two lanes, that can be done at night so hindi masyadong disruptive."
Meanwhile, Singson said DPWH is taking the blame for the delay in reblocking of some EDSA lanes which should have opened at the end of Holy Week.
“We really take the blame. We’re not accusing anyone for this delay because our option would have been hindi namin tinuloy. Sabi ko, ‘Nandyan na ‘yan, tapusin niyo na. Do what you can and open it up'," he said.
According to Singson, the contractor told him that they were not allowed to start as scheduled because they were not permitted.
The DPWH Secretary refused to reveal any names until an investigation on the incident is completed.
“They were not able to start as scheduled. We don’t want to accuse at this time until we get the real facts,” Singson said.