September 25, 2017, 1:42 am
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TO EASE TRAFFIC CONGESTION: DPWH starts widening of Lawton Ave.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) yesterday officially began the construction of the P458-million widening of Lawton avenue in Taguig City as part of initiatives to help reduce traffic congestion.

Mark Villar, DPWH secretary, said at the ground-breaking ceremony the widening of the Fort Bonifacio-Nichols Field road, otherwise known as Lawton avenue, a tertiary asphalt road, is part of DPWH’straffic decongestion efforts, which include widening existing road networks to improve road capacity.

Phase 1 of the project will cover about 1.34 kilometers of Lawton avenue, which has a total length of 3.54 km, that follows a part of the alignment of the old Nichols route running roughly southwest to northeast from the interchange of South Luzon Expressway/Skyway to Fifth avenue and Manila American Cemetery Memorial.

“While the construction of 2.68 lane kilometers of new concrete cement pavement at Lawton Avenue will bring inconvenience to travelling public, it is temporary and limited in duration which cannot outweigh the benefit of a new concrete road that ensures an economical, sound and more stable pavement structure with longer performance period,” Villar said.

The provision of underground conduits for utilities and electrical facilities are also considered in the project design, scope and costing, since it is located at the Bases Conversion and Development Authority(BCDA) area which adopts underground installation of utilities. 

The widening of Lawton avenue will also complement the Bonifacio Global City (BGC)-Ortigas Center link road, a priority project over Pasig river that will increase the road network capacity in Metro Manila. This was formally started last month. 

The 961.427-lineal meter BGC-Ortigas Center link road project involves the construction of a four-lane Sta. Monica to Lawton bridge across Pasig river connecting Lawton avenue in Makati City and Sta. Monica street in Pasig City.

It also includes a viaduct structure traversing Lawton avenue onwards to the entrance of BGC. The project will improve accessibility between the cities of Pasig, Mandaluyong, Taguig and Makati.

Once completed by March 2020, travel between the central business districts of Taguig and Pasig will only take 12 minutes. This will also ease traffic congestion at EDSA and Circumferential road 5 particularly along Guadalupe bridge and Bagong Ilog bridge by about 25 percent.

The widening of Lawton avenue is among the DPWH projects that would ease the traffic problem in Metro Manila in three years or by 2020. 

DPWH obtained the second highest budget this year at P467.6 billion, next to the Department of Education, and allocated a big portion of this, or P113.1 billion, for traffic decongestion specially in Metro Manila. The budget is expected to increase to P160.1 billion by next year. 

Members of the ‘Build, Build, Build’ team also attended the ground-breaking, including Transportation secretary Arthur Tugade, Budget secretary Benjamin Diokno, Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia, BCDA president Vince Dizon, DPWH senior undersecretary Rafael Yabut, DPWH undersecretary Dimas Soguilon and DPWH National Capital Region director Melvin Navarro.
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