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Rep. Bondoc urges DPWH to expedite P200-M MacArthur road repair

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Fourth District Rep. Anna York Bondoc-Sagum has urged the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to fast-track the road repair at the Apalit section of the MacArthur Highway so it can serve as an alternative route once the Candaba viaduct totally closes for motorists.

Bondoc said the DPWH allotted P200 million this year for the immediate repair of the Apalit section.

“The DPWH has committed its full support for the use of the agency’s  savings for the immediate repair of the MacArthur Highway this year and they will continue the complete rehabilitation and upgrading of the road for flood mitigation control with next year’s budget,” she stressed.

As the Candaba viaduct is in need of emergency repair, she said the MacArthur highway should serve as the alternative road to transport agri products as well as sand and gravel requirement of other regions and Metro Manila.

Earlier, Apalit town banned overloaded trucks from traversing the MacArthur Highway because of its road condition.

On July 11, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation ordered a re-routing scheme for 12-wheeler trucks or trucks carrying 33 tons and above from using the southbound portion of the Candaba viaduct.

Only Class 1 and 2 vehicles, as well as 10-wheeler trucks below 33 tons are still allowed to use the southbound portion of the viaduct.