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March 2, 2017 

Road Diggings On Major Roads Now Done At Night

         To avoid traffic snarls and bottlenecks caused by ongoing road diggings and excavations in Metro Manila, government agencies have agreed that such road works should be done at night when traffic is expected to be lighter.
      This was  one of the guidelines outlined by the officials from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) during a recent meeting.
         MMDA, DOTr and DPWH executives noted that road repairs and rehabilitations on major thoroughfares must be done by contractors around 10 p.m., making sure that the road will be passable to motorists by 5 a.m. the next day.
        To do this, the government agencies will be requiring contractors to use quick dry cement on the road works to be able to meet the one-day curing period.
       Meanwhile, MMDA will now issue the permits of excavation to the DPWH district or regional offices and no longer to the contractor who applied for the required document.
        MMDA said that many of the contractors applying to secure a permit have been appealing to the agency to stall the issuance of the document because they could not meet the scheduled deadline to complete their respective road projects.
        Also under the new guidelines, the DPWH will be responsible in preparing the traffic management plan of the road projects. The plan will be reviewed by the MMDA.
      “With the new guidelines in the issuance of permits of excavation, we hope to address the additional traffic caused by on-going and unfinished road diggings,” MMDA General Manager Tim Orbos said. 
      Orbos also acknowledged Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade for initiating the holding of the meeting among the concerned government agencies to thresh out various issues and concerns.
     The government agencies will also be requiring at least one contractor to attend the monthly meeting, scheduled every second Tuesday of the month, between MMDA, DPWH, and DOTr, starting April.
       The initial meeting was attended by MMDA Director Neomie Recio, and DPWH-National Capital Region director Melvin Navarro and Undersecretary Romeo Momo.        

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