IF motorists felt they had an easy time traveling on the Manila North Road during the Hoy Week, it’s because the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in the 5th and 6th Engineering Districts suspended all it’s widening projects to allow a smooth flow of vehicular movements in the area.
Engr. Emmanuel Diaz, 5th and 6th District Engineer, said all widening projects along the 43-kilometer Manila North Road (MNR) or the old MacArthur Highway from the Rosales-Villasis-Urdaneta City route to Binmaley-Pozorrubio-Sison have been suspended.
Diaz said 90% of the widening along MNR and only the bridge widening of Teofilo Sison Bridge in the boundary of Carmen and Villasis, Tagamusing Bridge, Mitura Bridge and Bacag Bridge all in Urdaneta; Aloragat Bridge in the boundary of Binalonan-Pozorrubio and Bobonan Bridge in the boundary of Sison and La Union remain unfinished.
The bridge widening projects will resume after the observance of Holy Week, Diaz said.
He said they could have finished the rest of the road widening earlier were it not for the long delays in the processing of permits to cut the trees from the DENR and the inability of the telecommunication companies to move back their posts.
Diaz said DPWH is facing a big challenge to finish all it’s public works this year because of so many infra projects scheduled this year.
DPWH also deployed motorist assistance centers in the strategic areas along MNR, exit points of TPLEX in Binalonan, Sta Maria and Magilas trail in Binalonan to assist motorist during the holiday season. (Nora Dominguez)