Showers delay Maguikay flyover repairs-A A +A
Sunday, February 3, 2013
REPAIRS on the flyover in Barangay Maguikay, Mandaue City might be extended for five days.
Because of the rains, the contractor hired by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 may not be able to finish the repair tonight, as originally planned.
The agency has asked for a five-day extension, as rains in the past few days kept workers from pouring asphalt on the newly-repaired expansion joints.
They informed Mayor Jonas Cortes of the possible delay last Friday and asked him to allow them to extend their work until Feb. 8.
DPWH 7 Project Engineer Roy dela Cruz said they may still be able to finish the repair tonight if the weather will cooperate.
The City’s traffic office is not worried about the possible extension.
Edwin Ermac, chief of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue, said the repairs have not caused heavy traffic because these are done at night, when there were fewer vehicles. The flyover is opened to traffic during the day.
Ermac said his personnel have put up signs to help direct the traffic flow in the area.
The repairs started on the night of Jan. 24. The next morning, traffic stalled in the area after the steel plate covering an excavated portion of the flyover was dislodged, forcing traffic personnel to close the flyover for two hours to prevent accidents.
The contractor has since assigned two workers to keep steel plates from getting dislodged during the day.
“We have not received complaints from motorists since then,” Ermac told Sun.Star Cebu.
Work on the flyover starts from 9 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. during weekdays, and 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. during weekends.
Ermac advised motorists to take the road below the flyover or take alternative roads such as Plaridel St. and U.N. Ave.
The flyover in Maguikay is the first flyover in Cebu, constructed during the term of former Mandaue City Mayor Alfredo Ouano.
The repair of the flyover’s expansion joints is the last part of the P34-million project rehabilitating a four-kilometer stretch of the Cebu North Hagnaya Wharf Road.
The DPWH set aside P8 million for the repair of the expansion joints.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 03, 2013.