Inspection of Iloilo-Capiz road rehab reveals loopholes

ILOILO – The bumpy and dilapidated sections of the old Iloilo-Capiz road that irritate travellers here are not included in P365.8-million appropriation to repair the national road.

This is what Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. learned from Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Director Edilberto Tayao following a road inspection.

Tayao explained that the budget only covers the 28-kilometer road section from the town of Cabatuan to Calinog in 3rd District.

“The portions that are dilapidated today are not included in the contract because when we had this survey on 2006 those portions were still good condition,” Tayao said.

But he assured the governor that they will address the matter with a sense of urgency.

“(Tayao) told me that they have a budget that can be used to repair the sections that are excluded in the contract,” Defensor told the press.

“Now that they know the condition of the road, I expect them to act on it as soon as possible in order not to prolong the inconvenience (of our commuters),” he added.

The 35-kilometer old Iloilo-Capiz route is the third most important national road in Panay Island, according to the governor.

It is the linked to Iloilo Airport in Cabatuan and the soon-to-be-build Jalaur River mega dam project in Calinog.

Earlier, Second District Engineer Nilo Gavia said that the P365,8-million road rehab will be completed after a year.

The International Builderís Corp. and A.M. Oreta Construction have been chosen to implement the project.

Based on the project’s program of works, the 27-kilometer stretch of the national road will undergo asphalt overlay while the remaining one kilometer will be concrete.

The budget will also cover the improvement of existing shoulder (1.5-3.0 meters in width) and the removal of existing deteriorated asphalt on top of the slab of the existing eight bridges in the third district (50 millimeter thick. #2014News


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