MMDA will only allow 24-hour DPWH projects until next week


ONLY the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is allowed to implement unfinished road re-blocking and repair efforts round-the-clock until next week, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.

“We will only allow DPWH to conduct 24-hour road repairs which they commit to finish on time and implement properly in the same manner as they implemented it during last Holy Week’s road repairs,” Acting MMDA Chairman Romando S. Artes said in a statement. He added that the private contractors’ incomplete road work from last Holy Week led to the decision to limit road repairs to the DPWH.

The MMDA penalized two contractors of a telecommunications company who failed to comply with the deadline given for road works during the Lenten break. They will be given a P1.27-million fine.

Meanwhile, Mr. Artes assured the public that they would manage traffic to ensure minimal impacts on motorists when the DPWH starts its reconstruction of the EDSA Kamuning Flyover Southbound.

The retrofitting of the flyover is necessary to avoid fatalities in times of natural disasters such as earthquakes, he added.

Mabuhay Lanes will be used as detours during the flyover’s 11-month repair project, which is scheduled to begin on April 25.

He added that the agency will step up cleaning operations in the surrounding areas before and after the flyover’s restoration.

“This is to make sure that roads serving as alternate routes are clear and obstruction-free to minimize the effects of the repairs in traffic,” he said. — Chloe Mari A. Hufana