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MANILA, Philippines – The public works department postponed repair work and “reblocking” along EDSA because of a mall sale.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that the repair of sections of EDSA between Connecticut and Libertad (southbound) and between Temple Drive and United Street in Mandaluyong City (northbound) this weekend no longer pushed through.
The department also postponed the repair work for the northbound and third lane of EDSA between Quezon Avenue and Landmark in Quezon City.
“It is because there is a sale in [SM] Megamall,” said Reynaldo Tagudando, director of the DPHW National Capital Region in reference to the mall along EDSA in Mandaluyong City.
Mall sales usually cause heavy traffic along EDSA. SM Megamall is holding a sale from May 2 to 4.
Instead of on EDSA, the DPWH is doing “concrete reblocking” on the second lane of Kamuning Road between Scout Ybardolaza to Tomas Morato in Quezon City.
The repair work began on Friday 10 pm and will continue until Monday, May 5, 5 am.
The DPWH asked motorists to take other routes to avoid inconvenience.
The department is doing “reblocking” work on EDSA as part of a major rehabilitation program of the busiest thoroughfare in the capital.
DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson has said that the plan is to reblock EDSA, remove all the broken concrete, and do an asphalt overlay. He said the goal was to make EDSA as “smooth” as the North and South Luzon Expressways in one to two years.
Traffic-related issues though raised by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) delayed the reblocking.
The DPWH aims to finish the repair work before the summer ends or by end of May. – Rappler.com