The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the road rehabilitation works on Dimasalang road in Sta. Cruz and Sampaloc, Manila.

According to DPWH-North Manila District Engineer Medel Chua, the construction area covers the Dimasalang road sections spanning V.G. Cruz, Cristobal, A. Maceda, Blumentritt, Bacerra and Maria Clara streets. The said project involves concreting of pavement and drainage improvement which is expected to create traffic congestion specially during rush hours.

The construction period will take two months and is targeted for completion on April 17, 2015 or within 60 calendar days.

To minimize traffic congestion as a result of lane reduction, the DPWH has divided the project implementation into two stages.

The DPWH said that the Stage 1 involves the reconstruction of concrete pavement at the southbound inner lane within the area of District 3 (Sta. Cruz side from Dimasalang bridge to the vicinity of Maria Clara street).

It also includes concreting works at northbound outerlance from V. G. Cruz to Cristobal and at the one-way road portion of Blumentritt, all within the area of District 4 (Sampaloc side). Stage 1 is expected to be completed within the first 30 calendar days.

Stage 2 which will start upon the completion of Stage 1 has similar project limits in the first stage. It covers the other road lane with drainage improvement and repair of reinforced concrete manholes.

With this, DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that ten MMDA-trained traffic personnel with two-way radio communication will be employed by the contractor to “augment existing Traffic Enforcers of MMDA and Manila City Hall.”