Remember the viral photo of a truck that fell into a hole on the road along Roxas Boulevard and Remedios Street in Manila? Well, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will not be starting repairs for the collapsed section of road just yet. In fact, the DPWH says that it will still take around 1 to 2 more weeks before repair on the badly damaged road begins.

The reason behind the delay is because the DPWH will first be conducting soil exploration around the site where the truck fell. The procedure will help the agency determine the necessary works to be done on the damaged portion of the road in Manila. At the same time, it will also help give the agency a timeline as to how long will repairs be done.

“DPWH will also undertake soil exploration along Remedios Street from Roxas Boulevard up to M.H. Del Pilar Street for one to two weeks to determine the necessary scope of works and timeline of construction. The road which sits on top of a box culvert built in the 1970s will be upgraded to conform with the present standard design of the Department,” the DPWH said in a statement.

For the time being, the DPWH will continue to blockade the section of road along Remedios Street, corner Roxas Boulevard as soil exploration is on-going. Do expect the road closure to continue until repairs on the damaged road are complete.

Last Sunday, a 14-wheeler truck loaded with tons of sand fell into a hole at the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Remedios Street. The road was apparently sitting atop a box culvert built in the 1970s, and only had a 20-ton capacity. DPWH Secretary Mark Villar has already ordered an investigation into the incident.

Source: PNA