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DPWH: Samar roads need P161.5 M restoration cost for damaged road network

By Ninfa B Quirante

Catbalogan City (21 February) -- Engr. Baltazar Ausa of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has estimated a restoration cost of some P161.5M for the damaged road network in his area of responsibility (AOR).

In a brief interview with PIA this afternoon, just before their staff meeting started, Ausa has assured the public that as of 2:30 PM yesterday, all road networks are passable albeit with difficulty in some areas.

Samar province has been wallowing in floodwaters because of the steady downpour of heavy rains since last week.

He said that his office is trying hard to restore all national roads damaged by landslides and rockslides.

His concern though is in Barangay Madalunot –Laygayon Section in Pinabacdao town where massive erosion to a depth of 20.00 m pavement blown up and heavily damaged. Right lane position going to Tacloban is in hanging position with the road and road side canal cut-off.

The very same area recorded the highest restoration cost of P80M, based on the office situation report.

The next higher cost was assigned to Pahug (still in Pinabacdao) at P 20M, at KM 859 where half lane road is totally collapsed with more or less 1.00 meter deep cut of concrete pavement.

Other damaged part are listed in Obayan section where a massive embankment erosion has occurred causing deep cut on asphalt pavement and installed guardrails have eroded; in Madalunot at 860 Km ; in Laygayon at 864 km all in Pinabacdao town.

In the Wright-Taft section, in San Isidro section, the whole carriageway including the left shoulder was heavily damaged and cut-off resulting to more or less 1.0 meter. The newly constructed retaining wall was also affected with massive crackings.

Existing cross drainage (RCPC) settled and disalligned. The right shoulder going to E. Samar serves as temporary detour road, the report further stated.

Other damaged areas included portions of the South Samar Coastal Road with massive scouring of embankment materials on both approaches causing deep settlement.

With the rains still heavily pouring in Samar, DPWH is not certain whether the figures would still change in the next few days. (PIA-Samar) [top]

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