After planning a massive rehabilitation mission of EDSA last year and then putting if off due to traffic management issues early this year, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has come out with a more modest approach to the pending job order, which is to fix EDSA before the 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in November.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson is now mulling the idea of repairing only certain portions of EDSA starting from Roxas Boulevard to Makati City but still indicated that this will still depend on whether or not the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) approves.
“We need 60 to 90 days to fix bad portions. We don’t have time to work on it because we are prohibited even on Saturdays and Sundays. We can only work at night so it’s going to be quite a challenge not just to us, but also to the contractors,” said Singson.
Being allowed to conduct repairs only at night, even on weekends, coupled with the limited amount of time at hand as the APEC summit is only five month away is the biggest hurdle of the DPWH.
This has forced the DPWH to completely revamp their initial plan of doing the repair in three stages to simply fixing ‘critical segments’ of EDSA only.
Source: Manila Bulletin