The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has revealed plans to conduct a massive Php 3 billion undertaking to renovate EDSA this summer.

To hasten the process, DPWH-National Capital Region director Reynaldo Tagudando said the agency will use quick-drying high-grade asphalt to minimize the negative impact the repairs will have on the vehicular flow on one of the country’s busiest roads.

High-grade asphalt dries up in only five hours as compared to regular asphalt, which takes three days to dry.

Before full implementation, the DPWH plans to conduct a dry run on a shorter section of EDSA from Guadalupe to Gil Puyat sometime in February or March.

If the impact of the dry run is within reasonable parameters, the DPWH will green light the summer repairs and will start closing down parts of EDSA depending on timing and repair plans.

The DPWH will work with the MMDA to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible throughout the whole process, though it is expected that the said project will result in heavy traffic jams.