The Department of Public Works and Highways said that the completion of the interchange project with road access connecting to the North Luzon Expressway in Bocaue, Bulacan will be completed in time for the Philippines hosting of the Southeast Asian on Nov. 30, 2019.
Secretary Mark A. Villar said works are being rushed for the completion of the Ciudad De Victoria Interchange Overpass Bridge and Bypass Road to provide direct access to the Philippine Arena.
Huge turnout of visitors are expected at the opening ceremony of the biennial regional multi-sport event on Nov. 30, 2019 which will end on Dec. 11, 2019.
Villar said the work on overpass bridge crossing NLEX is being done round-the-clock. It will connect the Manila North Road and the Sta. Maria to Bocaue By-pass Road as part of the Ciudad De Victoria Interchange Project Phase 1.
The P260.8-million Ciudad De Victoria Interchange Overpass bridge was implemented by the DPWH Regional Office 3 headed by Regional Director Roseller Tolentino which will serve as an alternate road to the heavily congested Governor F. Halili Road in Sta. Maria, Bulacan.
This will also address the usual heavy traffic situation and queuing of vehicles entering the Bocaue interchange.
To increase capacity to two-lane per direction and help alleviate traffic congestion along Governor F. Halili, the construction of additional lanes of the bridge structure at Bocaue Interchange is also on-going.
He added that a 1.91-kilometer road from MacArthur Highway to Bocaue Municipal will be improved and a 1.3-kilometer road from the Philippine Arena to the existing Patubig Road in Marilao, Bulacan will be constructed.
Meanwhile, the DPWH will continue with its road reblocking and repair activities along Epifanio de los Santos Avenue and other major roads in the National Capital Region this weekend with the given clearance from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority.
DPWH – NCR Director Ador Canlas said the MMDA gave them the go signal to resume road repairs to be carried out beginning 11 p.m. of Friday (Oct. 18) until 5 a.m. Monday (Oct. 21) at several sections of EDSA.
The affected roads include the southbound direction from Camp Crame Gate to after Annapolis Street, beside the Metro Railway Transit (MRT); before Estrella Street, outer lane; Panorama Building to Bansalangin Street, 1st lane from sidewalk; and at the northbound direction after Aurora Boulevard to New York Street, 3rd lane from sidewalk; and near National Irrigation Administration (NIA) South Road, 3rd lane from sidewalk.
Road works will also be undertaken at Katipunan Avenue/Circumferential Road 5 (C5) after Carlos P. Garcia Street, truck lane, northbound.
Other major roads that will undergo rehabilitation works includes the southbound direction of Gregorio Araneta Avenue from T. Arguelles to Bayanin, 1st lane from sidewalk; at the eastbound direction of Quirino Highway from King Fisher Street to Belfast Road, inner lane; General Luis Street from Rebisco Road to SB Diversion Road; and Elliptical Road from after Maharlika Street, 6th lane from outer sidewalk; and at the northbound direction of A. Bonifacio Avenue from J. Pineda Street to Marvex Street, 2nd lane from sidewalk.
The MMDA public information office advised motorists to take possible alternate routes to avoid traffic congestion on affected areas.
The government is implementing a policy prohibiting diggings and other road works at daytime following the MMDA meeting with officials of the departments of Transportation, and Public Works and Highways to further improve the flow of traffic in the metropolis.
It also required contractors to use quick dry cement on the road works to be able to meet the one-day curing period.