By Mortz C. Ortigoza
DAGUPAN CITY – The heavy traffic congestion experiences by motorists at the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Tapuac here will be a thing of the past next month.
BOTTLENECK. Vehicles are caught in a bottleneck at the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Tapuac as the Department of Public Works & Highway closed two lanes of the road there as it elevate the four lanes highway in a P20 million project. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
Department of Public Works & Highway's District Engineer Rodolfo “Boy” Dion, chief of the Second Engineering District Office, all the elevation and drainage in the four lanes 320 meters construction highway will be completed on the third week of February.
“Pag walang aberya matatapos iyan third week ng February. 320 meters mula tapat ng overpass diretso doon tapat ng Dominican kasi iyong doon sa Dominican nandoon iyong transition iyong pababa,” he stressed.
He said the length of the twenty million peso construction done by the construction firm owned by Mario Arenas of Bugallon town started from the Dominican School and ends at the overpass near the Dagupan City National High School.
“The highway would slope down from Dominican (School) to Pedrito’s restaurant, but motorists could not distinguish it”.
Dion said that the elevation is 28 centimetres as based on international standard.
“We improve the one meter high drainage by unclogging and reinforcing them. He said the source of the highway funds were interceded by Fourth District Congresswoman Gina de Venecia in Manila.
He said the curing period before the highway could be used is faster because the contractor uses additives where curing period takes for only 14 days than the traditional 20 days period”.
Dion said the elevation projects initiated long ago by Congresswoman de Venecia and DPWH started from Arellano, AB Fernandez, and Brgy. Tapuac.
Meanwhile, the dubbed “Abortion Road” in Barangays Tambac and Tebeng would be over after the 14 million pesos project had been bided already, according to Dion.
|DPWH District Engineer Boy Dion|
He said he would be putting traffic advisories in some areas there to warn motorists on the impending closure and construction activities.
He said people using the road should use the bypass road in Barangay Mangin.
“They will be totally closed to passersby,” he said.
Media men who are working in a radio station in that area have been calling the untreated rough and tumble pot marked road there as “Abortion Road” as it could abort a pregnant woman who is inside a vehicle that used the road there.