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DPWH to start reblocking Palispis-Aspiras Highway
by Redjie Melvic Cawis / PIA

DOUBLE TIME -- Reblocking of sections of the Aspiras-Palispis (Marcos) Highway commenced last week with the Department of Public Works and Highway assuring the public the project will be completed in 40 days, or until Dec. 20. City Mayor Benjamin Magalong and City Administrator Boni Dela Peña have inspected the site Wednesday night to ensure speed-up of work. -- Harley Palangchao / Neil Ongchangco

The Department of Public Works and Highways-Baguio City District Engineering Office (DPWH-BCDEO) is appealing for public understanding on the expected traffic buildup due to the rehabilitation of the two sections of Marcos Highway.

BCDEO Construction Section Chief, Engr. Alfredo Bannagao Jr., said the road re-blocking project along Marcos Highway started night of Nov. 4 and is expected to be completed by Dec. 21 if there would be no intervening factors such as weather disturbance.

Marcos Highway will still be opened to all types of vehicles during the construction period but traffic buildup is expected especially during rush hours and weekends, Bannagao said.

He said the project has a total length of 675 meters with project cost of P7.7 million. The first section covers the right lane going towards Baguio City from the Nissan Showroom to the National Meat Inspection Service regional office along Tuba, Benguet with at least 549 meters in length.

The second section is the right lane going to Baguio City from Bakakeng Central covered court to the Crystal Cave intersection with a length of 126 meters.

The re-blocking works will be undertaken 100 meters at a time, approximately per week, to ease traffic buildup.

Contractor Goldrich Construction and Trading will use a mixture that ensures faster drying and curing period for the pavement.

Bannagao said the re-blocking works were needed since the identified sites have already incurred damage such as faulting and shutter slab through years of use. The area along the Baguio City side also has cracks since the portion of the road is a sinking area.

“We cannot delay it anymore,” he said.

The work was postponed twice this year.

The original contract of the project is July 17 to Nov. 18 but was delayed due to typhoons and heavy rains during the period.

It was supposed to push through in Oct. 24 but was again requested to be moved by the hotel and tourism industry sectors and the city government of Baguio after the Undas holidays due to the expected tourist arrival.

While Marcos Highway remains open while the construction is ongoing, motorists going to and from Baguio City may take alternate routes such as the Asin-Nangalisan-San Pascual-Anduyan Road or the Tuba Poblacion-Badiwan Road. Heavy or cargo trucks and trailers (10-wheeler or more) are advised to take Naguilian (Baguio-Bauang) Road.


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