If you do happen to have passed Roxas Boulevard in Manila last weekend, you may have noticed that there was some construction work along northbound sections of the road. Unfortunately, road work won’t just be a quick and painless thing; this will go on for about 6 months.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has begun round-the-clock work for the rehabilitation of major portions of Roxas Boulevard last February 28. Specifically, road reblocking and repair works are being conducted along an intermittent kilometer-long portion of the four northbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard. The agency says that road reblocking and repair works are scheduled to go on for about 180-calendar days or 6 months.
Rehabilitation began at the outermost northbound lane of Roxas Boulevard near EDSA on the Pasay side. Repair works included excavation of the old road, road concreting, drainage improvement, and traffic management component.
“Roxas Boulevard is a 5.45-kilometer national road that serves as a major route of heavy vehicles daily particularly trucks going in and out of Manila Ports. That’s why its foundation deteriorates faster than regular roads, hence the need for rehabilitation,” said DPWH South Manila District Engineer Mikunug D. Macud.
The rehabilitation effort received an initial allocation of Php 20 million to cover the 530-meter section from EDSA to Libertad. Php 40 million will then cover the 500-meter section from Ocampo Street to before Quirino Avenue.
Once repairs of initial portions are completed, the same activities will be undertaken along the remaining sections of the Northbound lanes and the entire four southbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard. Officials say they will work round-the-clock to ensure the repairs are completed on schedule.