Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal yesterday said he has already sent his engineers to investigate the structuralintegrity of the second flyover at the junction of Araneta Street-Magsaysay Avenue in Bacolod City and they havereported that there was nothing wrong with it.
Villareal said that since the implementing office is the Department of Public Works and Highways Central Office, they will relay their observation regarding the structure to them and request them to send engineer/inspectors to verify the matter.
They will inform the central office that they had already conducted pre-inspection and have findings, so they can confirm and check the status of the structure, he said.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya said he wrote the DPWH central office to check the flyover rightafter they received complaints.
He will follow up with the DPWH next week to know when it will send a team to inspect the flyover since they want to ensure the safety of commuters, he said.
Villareal said that as soon as he receives a copy of the resolution of Councilor Ricardo Tan questioning the structural stability of the project, he will refer it to the implementing office which is the one authorized to confirm and at least divulge the real problem if ever there is any.
Based on the public works contract, the project has a structural warranty of five years and the pre-maintenance period is one year. This applies to all DPWH projects, he said.
Meanwhile, Villareal said the road construction from Burgos Street to the Homesite bridge is called “rehabilitation, reconstruction, and improvement” of that road section.
It means they have to install drainage systems to arrest the flooding problem in the area. Since the road going toAlangilan is elevated, water cascades down to the junction of Burgos Street-Circumferential Roadespecially when it rains.Therefore, they have to provide a drainage up to Homesite so water will drain faster, he said.
Villarealsaid they are doing re-blocking works, which is being undertaken on pavements which are already dilapidated, since it is not wise to maintain them because it would be too costly.
“We are happy and proud to tell you that Bacolod has one of the best national roads, not only in Region VI, but maybe comparable nationwide, because we have obtained a maintenance rating of 99 percent, which is the highest,” he said.
Villarealsaid they may be able to finish the road reconstruction within one and a half months which includes the curing period.
The normal concrete pavement curing is 28 days but he will require the contractor to make it passable in a shorter period, he said.*CGS
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