Assessment ongoing on damaged portion of Sctex-A A +A
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
THE Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said Wednesday that it is now conducting a technical assessment of the portion of Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (Sctex) after huge cracks near the Pasig Potrero River in Porac, Pampanga.
In a statement, BCDA said that rerouting of traffic flow to and from the Subic area and surrounding towns is currently being implemented.
"A section of Sctex from Clark South going to Porac has been closed as a result to ensure the safety of motorists," it said.
The agency said that the record rainfall brought by southwest monsoon for the past few days has resulted in strong currents along the Pasig Potrero River, causing the saturation and erosion of the properties adjacent to Sctex and redirection of the current to the approach of the Pasig Potrero Bridge, thus leading to the erosion of the embankment.
Sctex, which was constructed starting 2005, is the country's longest expressway at 93.77 kilometers.
Commercial operations started in April 2008, with the opening of the Subic-Clark Segment and Zone A of the portion of Clark-Tarlac Segment. The opening of Zones B and C of the remaining Clark-Tarlac Segment on July 25, 2008 signaled the full operations of the Sctex. (SDR/Sunnex)