BCDEO Construction Section Chief Engr. Alfredo Bannagao Jr. said the road reblocking project along Marcos Highway started Monday night (Nov. 4) and is expected to be completed by December 21 this year if no intervening factors such as weather disturbance will interfere.
Marcos Highway will still be opened to all types of vehicles during the construction period but traffic build up is expected especially during rush hours and weekends, Bannagao said as he sought understanding from the public for the heavy traffic as an effect of the reblocking.
Bannagao, in a press briefing on Tuesday, said the project has total length of 675 meters with project cost of P7.7 million. The first section is 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 reblocking works will be undertaken 100 meters at a time, approximately per week, to ease traffic build up. The winning bidder, the Goldrich Construction and Trading, will be using a special quick dry cement mixture that ensures faster drying and curing period for the pavement which will make the construction process faster but ensured of the quality.
It will be done by the contractor and supervised by the DPWH on 24/7 scheme to ensure that the project would be finished on time, he informed.
Bannagao explained the need to push thru with the reblocking since the identified sites already incurred damages such as faulting and shutter slab through the 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 November 18 this year but was delayed due to typhoons and heavy rains during the period. It was supposed to start by October 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 arrivals.
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. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)