MEXICO, Pampanga -- A delayed road rehabilitation project has been identified as the reason for worsening traffic congestion along Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) in this municipality, a official government official said.
Gener Sambile, co-chairman of the Local Poverty Reduction Action Team here and a resident of the Sto. Domingo village here, stressed that the road construction being undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) continues to cause massive gridlock and inconvenience to road users since it was started in October last year.
He said the DPWH, together with contractor GVDPM Construction Company did not only bungle the implementation of the projects but has also failed to comply with the deadline they promised to the public.
“They promised to finish it on March 31 but I believe they have not covered 50 percent of their work yet,” Sambile said.
He cited portions of the project which are either left hanging or are implemented slowly which result to traffic build-up in the major road daily.
“The contractor and the DPWH are only punching holes in the area but are not working on it. This ‘lousy’ move only causes headaches to us residents and motorists,” he stressed.
He added that the local government is imposing detours to ease traffic but is not enough since JASA is a major thoroughfare.
The P67-milliion road project which has four portions, the 500-meter SM Pampanga-Lagundi, two-kilometer Mexico-town proper, 700-meter Barangay Sto. Domingo and 500-meter Sta. Ana rotonda area, includes full road rehabilitation and widening to make it a four-lane road.
Sambile has already called the attention of the DPWH for the alleged “unsystematic way of implementing roadworks” which causes not only heavy traffic but fatalities due to accidents.
However, the DPWH belied his statements saying their team has been “doubling” their efforts to comply with the requirements of the department and the local government.