By Betheena Unite
It will take one to two more weeks before the reconstruction of the collapsed road at the corner of Remedios Street and Roxas Boulevard in Manila begins, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Wednesday.
According to the DPWH South Manila District Engineering Office, soil exploration on the collapsed road will be undertaken for about one to two weeks.
It will cover the area from the corner of Roxas Boulevard and Remedios Street up to MH Del Pilar Street in Manila.
At present, the department cannot disclose the exact time frame for the repair of the badly-damaged road, stressing that the soil exploration will be conducted in order to determine the necessary scope of works and timeline of the construction.
The road which sits on top of a box culvert built in the 1970s will be upgraded to conform with the present standard design of the Department.
As of Wednesday, the department continues to barricade and monitor Remedios Street.
A 14-wheel truck loaded with tons of sand fell into a five-foot deep hole on the area last Sunday while it was on its way to Manila Baywalk to deliver tons of sand for the Manila Bay rehabilitation project.
The road reportedly collapsed as the truck was carrying about 42 tons of sand, way beyond the 20-ton capacity of the road.
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It was also reported that the driver was actually instructed by authorities to divert to the road due to road closure prior to the incident.
Meanwhile, DPWH Chief Mark Villar has directed the South Manila District Engineering Office to conduct an investigation on the incident.