DPWH slammed

Council passes resolution criticizing agency over delay in bridge completion. 

LAWMAKERS yesterday filed a resolution expressing the city’s “utmost disappointment” over delays in the construction of Governor Generoso Bridge II.In a privilege speech by majority floor leader Councilor Bernard Al-ag, he slammed as lame the Department of Public Works and Highway’s reason for the delay due to “unavoidable circumstances.”

Meanwhile, Dominic Maligad, project engineer of Sarmiento Construction, said they are trying to finish the project at the earlier time possible.

“I was disappointed and I am angry at this development. Most especially with the lame reason of DPWH,” said Al-ag.

He added DPWH should at least have issued a warning to the contractor for breaching the stated contract period, and impose the corresponding penalties.

“If they cannot or will not impose these, I suggest that the contractor  must pay every Dabawenyo who bears the heat and hassle due to the heavy traffic jam caused by the delay of the Governor Generoso Bridge project,” said Al-ag.

The councilor said he hoped the delay would not reach until the “very busy” Christmas season.

Mariano Alquiza, regional director for the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), said in a previous conference that from the original October 2014 opening, the scheduled opening was moved to November 6, and again to the third week of November.

Alquiza added that the project is already “90.74%” complete.

The rehabilitation started in April with the DPWH citing problems to the base of the bridge caused by scouring, or wherein the force of the river slowly eroded some parts of the structure.

Maligad said they are not meet with the councilors anymore to air their side since they are on the last leg of pouring cement today, Nov. 5.

“Definitely we will not reach until December. We are only awaiting the curing period of the cement which will run from Nov. 6-15. This is to assure the strength of the cement especially since we are dealing with heavy vehicles in the city,” he said.

The last pouring of cement in one of the horizontal beams under the bridge today was confirmed by Alvin Cabuenas, project engineer for DPWH-XI.

“The bridge will be open and fully functional by the time of the projected date on November 15,” said Cabuenas.

Meanwhile, on the demand by Al-ag to sanction the contractor, Cabuenas said it was a mutual agreement to change the original agreement.

He explained that they had to amend the contract because of the contractor had to asphalt the road on the bridge, not state in the original agreement, which contributed to the delay.

On Nov. 13 the DPWH is set to place an asphalt overlay over the cement as a “preventive maintenance” from eroding factors, as well as the addition of waterproofing for added durability against rain and river damage.