CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Board Member Nestor Tolentino on Friday discussed a resolution he filed with the Provincial Board, on the possibility of creating access roads in the west lateral portion of the mega dike, with top executives of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

In Resolution 1934, Tolentino called on DPWH Regional Director Alfredo Tolentino and First District Engineering head Jose Datu to conduct a feasibility study on the possibility of constructing and establishing access and service roads for quarry trucks within the right of way and easement of the western portion of the megadike.

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West lateral roads there have been badly damaged by quarry trucks making their way out of Porac quarry sites towards the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road and on to the North Luzon Expressway.

“As we agreed upon during our meeting with Governor (Lilia) Pineda, the access roads would be a better alternative. On each endpoint of these access roads would be weighing scales which the Provincial Government would purchase. Passage and weighing fees would be imposed so that the project would also be income generating and would ease the burden of Capitol maintaining major roads,” Tolentino told Sun.Star Pampanga.

His views were largely shared by Datu, although he said that it would be up to the regional office executives to decide on the proposal.

“Like before, we would like to see if the integrity of the mega dike would not be compromised. But it’s a good proposal since fees proposed would pay off for maintenance,” Datu said.

Tolentino, for his part, said that the agency would carefully study the proposal.

“Yes, Board Member Tolentino and I, together with the truckers, have seriously discussed the matter and we are going to conduct the feasibility study they need,” he said. (Jovi T. De Leon)