Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Rogelio Singson apologized to motorists and commuters for the bungled road re-blocking project on the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) that caused a gridlock on Monday, but announced that more road projects are scheduled.
“Unfortunately, we failed to deliver in just this portion of EDSA [the Makati EDSA tunnel in front of Forbes Park]and I apologize. We take the blame,” Singson said in an interview.
He explained that the DPWH was supposed to finish the road re-blocking at 6:00 am, but it was delayed, prompting them to move the opening of the lane of the street to 8:00 am on Monday.
Singson emphasized that there was a delay in pouring the concrete in the Ayala tunnel, particularly on the northbound stretch near Forbes and Dasmariñas Village.
The pouring of the cement was initially scheduled on Friday, but owing to unexpected circumstances, it was moved to Saturday.
“It was not started on Saturday. Much work needed to be done well, digging up and re-pavement. Cementing was completed on Saturday,” Singson said.
He noted that they had started the road re-blocking on Thursday. He added that the DPWH timed the full-blast project during the summer break.
On Monday morning, the DPWH opened one lane to accommodate motorists who have been suffering since the road re-blocking started.
Meanwhile, the DPWH is conducting an assessment of the road conditions along the EDSA McKinley streets.
Singson further appealed for understanding as more projects and grade separations in Buendia, Makati Avenue and Paseo de Roxas are scheduled.
“Work has to be done on flyovers, grade separation in Makati, at the Buendia underpass. We expect more complaints but the motorists will benefit when it is finished,” he said.