Anticipating the exodus from the National Capital Region (NCR) this Holy Week, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has ordered the NCR director and field offices to activate its “Lakbay Alalay” project or the Motorists Assistance Program from April 13-19, 2014.
On Friday, DPWH Sec. Rogelio Singson told his regional director and district offices with on-going projects to clear the national highways of barriers including idle equipment this Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday.
Singson added that the department’s field units should conduct road checks, install directional signs, release damaged pavements, and apply thermoplastic pavement markings before the Holy Week.
In Metro Manila, the DPWH-NCR has on-going road activities at the Manila North Road between Carmen, Pangasinan and La Union, which will greatly affect the flow of vehicles headed to the Ilocos and Cordillera regions.
The projects include road improvement of the Urdaneta-Binalonan-Pozorrubio-Sison Section and Villasis in Pangasinan; widening works at Kilometers (kms) 265 to 269 in La Union; Bantay Section in Ilocos Sur; and the construction of Banban and Baruyen Bridges in Bangui, Ilocos Norte.
The DPWH-NCR will also conduct road repairs on the Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue (EDSA), particularly the asphalt overlay of heavily damaged pavements, cracks and rough road surface of at least 21,000 square meters of the major thoroughfare.
Meanwhile, in Baguio City, the DPWH field office reported on-going pavement rehabilitation work on Kennon Road particularly at Km.
236+500, only one lane of which is open, and at Km. 238+400. Motorists are advised to take the Marcos Highway.
Baguio City is one of the most visited places during Holy Week in the country.
For land travellers heading south using the Daang Maharlika (Manila South Road), the following projects will cause heavy traffic: on-going road widening works at Tabugon-Sta Elena Section and construction of the Labo, Bulala, Cabuluan and Laniton Bridges in Camarines Norte; construction of the San Jose Bridge in Pili, Camarines Sur and of the Bascaran, Cabangan and Oas Diversion Bridges in Albay; and the Daang Maharlika improvement project in Sorsogon.
The volume of vehicles on the Manila North Road and the Manila South Road which form part of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway usually reaches its peak between Holy Wednesday and Easter Sunday.