DPWH: ‘Smooth’ Edsa in 2 years


The 23-kilometer Edsa becoming as “smooth” as North and South Luzon Expressways (NLEx and SLEx)? That’s no fantasy trip but a concrete reality that can be achieved in two years, according to Public Works Secretary Rogelio Singson.

Plans are shaping up for a massive repair work on the country’s busiest thoroughfare whose deterioration over the decades, Singson said, showed that “our road standards have really gone down.”

Singson on Wednesday said consultants of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had been “assessing the structural integrity of the whole of Edsa, from Monumento (in Caloocan City) to Roxas Boulevard (in Pasay City).”

“We only have 2013 and 2014 to complete the improvements on Edsa,” he said, noting that the highway, which was completed in 1954 (and previously named Highway 54) had been practically neglected by previous administrations.

“Puro patsing-patsing ang ginagawa r’yan (Only piecemeal repairs are being done there),” he said, yet “we can have smoothness that can equal that of both NLEx and SLEx.”

Edsa is proof that “our road standards have really gone down,” he said. “Tinatanggap natin ’yung baku-bako (We are settling for roads full of potholes).”

The secretary, however, said the project still needs approval from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which manages traffic on Edsa and could face problems once lanes are closed for repairs, and from the five cities covered by the highway. These include the cities of Caloocan, Quezon, Mandaluyong, Makati and Pasay.

“They’re going to be part of the consultations. To be fair, we have not yet laid down the plan,” he said. Singson was scheduled to meet with MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino on Thursday.

Once approved, the road repairs will only be done on weekends and “it’s not true that we’re closing the entire stretch of Edsa,” he said, adding:

“We will do (road) blockings from Friday evenings to Monday mornings. Each blocking should not be more than 150 meters, and it can’t be closer than 200 meters from one blocking to another. There will be some inconvenience every time we do blockings on weekends.”

Bridges or flyovers on Edsa are also covered by the rehabilitation plan. “The upgrade of Magallanes interchange and its connections is included in the budget allocation. This is a good opportunity to repair them.”

Also, outside Edsa, Singson said the DPWH also intends to “restore Taft Avenue as a major thoroughfare (after it) had been taken over by vendors.” The sidewalks there are now crammed with “illegal structures” that commuters end up waiting for their ride in the middle of the street, he noted.

In an earlier convention in Cebu province, Singson said his agency will “pursue the full pavement of primary roads and bridges nationwide by 2014 and 2016, respectively.”

The target covers 15,872 km of national arterial roads, 15,370 km of national secondary roads and 7,958 bridges with a total length of 345,978 lineal meters, he said.

For 2013, the DPWH allocated P22.8 billion to preserve the existing road network and another P26.2 billion to pave 1,175 km of gravel-type roads. Another P7.9 billion will be used to upgrade bridges.

According to the 2012 Global Competitiveness Report, the Philippines scored a poor 3.1 points in road quality in a scale of 1 (extremely underdeveloped) to 7 (extensive and efficient by global standards).

Vietnam scored a much lower 2.6, while other Asian countries rated as follows: Singapore, 6.5; Hong Kong, 6.2; South Korea and Japan, both 5.8; Malaysia, 5.7; Taiwan, 5.6; Thailand, 5; China, 4.4; Indonesia, 3.5; and India, 3.4.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    ..tinatanggap ba natin? just askin…

  • East_Crusader

    as smooth as NLEX, does this guys means the smoothness of the road? but traffic jam will still be there…theres something wrong with this article..it very unclear, how come a journalist like the one who wrote this missed to ask or to research on what exactly mean by AS SMOOTH AS NLEX or SLEX…

  • East_Crusader

    mr singson it does really matter how massive your going to make to repair, it will still be a repair.. the question is, how long does it takes before you have to repair it again, NLEX and SLEX does something to do with their  smoothness on how they constructed, baka pagkatapos mong i-massive repair, umulan lang the road will go back to “stone age” .. 

  • rouelcalzita

    If anybody shall not have to accept the road, Mr. Singson refering to your statement “tinatannggap natin yung baku-bako” where shall you bring the road?

  • Cobra

    If the whole EDSA shall be re constructed instead of just overlayed by asphalt,the problem is the multitudes of underground utilities that needs to be dug out every now & then,then you have the poor drainage system.The re construction must be done by refutable companies like Leighton who did NLEX,some of the highways done by pinoy contractors deteriorates after the first rain.But I hope Mr. Singson is not just well wishing or daydreaming because no major infra has yet to done under abnoy,puro lang balak,puro noynoying.

  • WeAry_Bat

    There should be additional bridges between Mandaluyong and Makati over Pasig.  Make more entry points to the CBDs and larger roads alongside and across EDSA and C5.

    It’s more than high time to make auxiliary roads to EDSA and C5.  I do not know if both can be widened any further without losing practicality that a very wide road means is business lost but still bottlenecked at where it starts and ends.

    As an exercise, envision the entry points to Ortigas, Makati, Alabang and Fort Boni.  You will find that there are less than 5 major roads to these areas, creating a padlock of traffic around them.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPV7TOHIJPG3UMTLQDTHLQJR7Y Jack

    what is really needed is a smooth traffic along EDSA not smooth edsa like nlex or slex

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

      we need both. idiot.

  • Cobra

    What is needed is a circumperential elevated road similar to one in Bankok or Shanghai,it should be built to surround greater Manila Area then it will have entry & exits at vital points,but this is a massive infra but will definitely solve the traffic.won’t be flooded.It should be high enough for ships to go underneath it when it crosses rivers.The Bankok one is about the height of 10 story building on most points.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    Sec Singson, i hope you increase the budget for road maintenance and construction for Mindanao too this year…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/T4FFJJXP5SEKWM3TRVPQFC7RVY asdfsad


  • oh_noh

    good if there’s really something or at least they are up to something…

    ipalabas sa tv / i-post sa internet ang plano… baka naman isang malaking pondo na palpakers na naman ang kalalabasan ?!?!?!?

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