DPWH: Remove road barriers

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Sunday, March 30, 2014


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that it has worked on the request of businessmen through the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) on the removal of “dog ears” and concrete barriers in major thoroughfares here.

District Engineer Rico Guilas said that the DPWH has written the Korean contractor on the dog ears along Jose Abad Santos Avenue on the dangers posed by the center island.

“Our initial study had seen through the soundness of the PamCham request. The proposal to remove the dog ears has been given to the contractor and we hope to have them removed soon,” Guilas told Sun.Star Pampanga.

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Guilas said they are thankful for the support of the business sector in being partners in addressing pertinent needs of the public.

To recall, PamCham vice-chairman Rene Romero, in his proposal to DPWH regional director Antonio Molano, Jr. and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago, noted “the hazards to motorists posed by the 'dog ears' or convex bumps at the JASA’s center island and the abrupt swerved angle of the lane markings in front of Jollibee Northwalk1, Shell Northwalk2 and Toyota, which are used as U-Turn slots for vehicles.”

“We propose, for the consideration of the DPWH, the removal of the ‘dog ears’ to prevent the sudden sharp swerving of cars to the right, which can catch the unaware of approaching drivers from behind and potentially cause unwarranted collisions,” Romero said.

PamCham said the concrete barriers, placed without appropriate warning signs, pose danger to motorists and commuters. He added that the barriers have been placed not considering the overall traffic situation in the areas.

Guilas said that they are looking at further measures to make the said areas hazard free.

“We thank the business sector for their concern,” Guilas said.

PamCham Vice Chairman Romero lauded the DPWH for accommodating the request of the business sector in Pampanga.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on March 31, 2014.

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