InfraWatch asserts “no visible road damage” in certain areas, yet DPWH to conduct road repairs

We've been seeing this a lot lately and something is starting to smell fishy.



( In light of the announcement of Holy Week road repairs, Ricardo Ramos of the Citizens Infrastructure Integrity Watchdog reacted by saying, “This is an overkill. The reblocking along the EDSA-Ortigas flyover, which we saw the other night, should not be nine meters or the length of two cars.” And yet the Department of Public Works and Highways will be working on a 45-meter stretch.


The area in front of EDSA Shangri-La and EDSA Starmall near Shaw Boulevard, on the other hand, has “no visible road damage,” Ramos, executive director of Citizens Infrastructure Integrity Watchdog (InfraWatch), pointed out to the Inquirer. Despite this, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) plans to conduct reblocking on a portion of the road that is 50 meters long and 3.5 meters wide.


Simple asphalt overlay, which is faster than reblocking, can remedy such “minor damage,” Ramos emphasized. “They just destroy even good roads or roads that can still be repaired using asphalt and other technology that can save the government 30 to 50 percent.”


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