CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Hundreds of motorists and commuters are irked over the "slow-paced" road construction project along the Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA), which causes heavy traffic jams at the major thoroughfare.
According to motorists, the road works being facilitated by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been causing inconvenience in their travel, both during sunny and rainy days.
They cited the large craters along the road, particularly around the Dolores junction, which are filled with mud during rainy season and sand dust during dry season.
Rogelio Marquez, a jeepney driver who traverses the highway on a daily basis, lamented that the road construction, which prompted the closing of lanes at the north and southbound sections, causes the slowdown of vehicles and traffic build up.
"Syempre naantala yung byahe namin, imbes na makasampung byahe kami, minsan walo na lang. Bawas ang kita syempre. Tapos yung mga pasahero ko rin, kadalasan reklamo nila late na sila, eh wala naman kaming magagawa," he stressed.
He added that craters found along the major thoroughfare as well as the closed lane at the northbound section of the Dolores flyover poses risks and accidents to motorists unfamiliar to the ongoing road construction project.
However, DPWH Region III Project Engineer Arnold Ocampo stressed that the road works were suspended for several days due to bad weather experienced in the city the past week.
He asserted that roadworks already resumed and will be hastened to avoid further inconvenience to motorists and commuters.
He added that some 34 percent of the project, or some two lanes of the northbound section, have already been accomplished and can be used by motorists now.
Ocampo disclosed that the portion of the Dolores junction until Northwalk II, which was pointed as the main problem, will immediately come after the accomplishment of the first portion of the project.
He also cited the widening of the Balimbing bridge at JASA which is expected to further decongest traffic in the area.
Ocampo asked for consideration from motorists and commuters for the inconvenience brought by the road construction and stressed that comfortable travel will soon be experienced again in the city.