Expect a six-month–long traffic congestion along Roxas Boulevard as repair and reblocking works have started on the northbound four-lane boulevard from EDSA in Pasay City to P. Ocampo street in Manila, the Department of Public Works and Highways said yesterday.
DPWH South Manila District Engineer Mikunud Macud said that clearance for the 180-calendar days road reblocking and repair works schedule was secured from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority to be conducted along a kilometer-long intermittent portion of the four northbound lanes of Roxas Boulevard.
“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,” Macud said.
The boulevard, which runs along the shores of Manila Bay, is well known for its sunsets and stretch of coconut trees. The divided roadway has become a trademark of Philippine tourism, famed for its yacht club, hotels, restaurants, commercial buildings and parks.
The rehabilitation initially received an allocation of P20 million to cover the 530-meter portion from EDSA to before Libertad and another P40 million for the 500-meter section from Ocampo Street to before Quirino Avenue. The repairs cover excavation of old road, road concreting, with drainage improvement and traffic management component.