España soon to have smoother traffic as rehab works near completion

MANILA, Philippines – Students and those residing near España Boulevard may finally heave a sigh of relief from traffic woes and waist-deep flood waters as the rehabilitation works in one of the capital’s busiest street is nearing completion this week.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has announced the ongoing repair works on sewage lines and roads will finally be completed on July 10, more than a month ahead of schedule. The original contract duration for the project is 90 calendar days.

Two lanes on the Quiapo-bound side have already been opened to motorists on the morning of July 7, according to DPWH district engineer Medel Chua, while only a small amount of work, including some finishing touches and clearing, are remaining at the widening of road sections between R. Papa St. and Paquita St.

Last May 13, the DPWH reported on its website the construction of drainage and road improvements in España Boulevard which was scheduled to be implemented on a two-month round-the-clock works.

“We want to finish this project within sixty days period, in time for the opening of college classes that moved their academic year opening to August,” said DPWH Secretary Rogelio Singson.

The project commenced last May 15 and was targeted to be finished in 60 days, by July 13.

It was aimed as a mitigating measure against the perennial flooding in the area during rainy season which frequently affected students going to the adjacent university belt in Recto and Legarda. In worst cases, during several days of continued rain, residents and commuters have to endure waist-deep water on the street.

The project costs P14.349 million and the works involved existing drainage line improvement at the corner of España Blvd. and P. Campa St. and raising the elevation of the concrete pavement from Lerma St. to P. Campa St. The last one comprised a total 102 linear meter and 3,310 square meters of pavement area.

Ongoing rehabilitation works at Espana Blvd., Manila Photo Credit: GMA News

A separate widening of the road stretch between Paquita and R. Papa Streets leading to the Quiapo area has also been simultaneously undertaken.

On June 20, the Public Works department announced the early opening of two middle lanes from P. Campa St. to N. Reyes St. which was completed after only 13 days. It was part of the Stage 2 of the project involving the construction on 762.6-square meter middle lanes of España Boulevard.

The main contractor is Steven Construction and Supply and the project is funded through RA 10417, Regular Infra Structure Project, CY 2011.