Bacolod solon asks DPWH to speed up repair of city’s major highway

BACOLOD CITY, Feb. 14 (PNA) –- Bacolod City Rep. Evelio Leonardia has asked the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to expedite the construction works along the Sum-ag highway.

Leonardia told Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal that the construction has already gone far too long.

The Sum-ag highway is the city’s gateway to southern Negros.

The lawmaker said that while people can put up with temporary inconvenience while the DWPH is constructing these new bridges and highways, they cannot be abused for too long.

Leonardia said he was informed that the project that was started on June 9, 2012 was due for completion last November 30, but that the completion date has been revised to March 15, 2014.

“I want to know why the completion date was revised and whether the new date will be met,” he added.

The projects cover two bridges and portions of the roads near them along the Sum-ag highway.

“We want to know the time frame for this because it does seem like a never-ending project,” the lawmaker said.

He recalled that three years ago, the highway in front of the church and public market was also done, causing traffic jams over a prolonged period of time.

The projects are under the National Road Improvement and Management Program funded by the World Bank which is being implemented directly by the national Department of Public Works and Highways office. (PNA)