Roadwork delays killing business
AFTER almost two years, the short threekilometer stretch of A.S. Fortuna St. is almost done. People around that area have already suffered too much. Two of my favorite restaurants have closed down due to those road repairs. I’m pretty sure that a lot of businesses in that area suffered so much business losses due to the incompetent delay of the repair of A.S. Fortuna. Now that a new world record has been set for the longest time it takes to cement a three kilometer road, please DPWH, do not ever again let this happen.
The thing about A.S, Fortuna is that P.B. Obial Construction started working on it on February 2014. They immediately destroyed the roads so that it could be cemented. But after destroying the roads in February 2014, they practically stopped and continued maybe four months ago with very rapid work. The question is why did they make the motoring public suffer that long? Now I cannot eat my favorite tonkatsu as that hole in the wall Japanese Restaurant beside Dew Foam is closed. Parking there became impossible for over six months so now it is closed.
What was worse with this project is that the people of the contractors did not care at all. They do the major work at the height of rush hour between 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. pouring concrete, causing traffic and instead of some of them helping to direct traffic to make it easier, you see a number of them doing nothing.
Now that nearly all the work is done and the road is fine again, I still believe that the people who were affected and suffered losses due to the unreasonable length of time it took the contractor and the DPWH to finish such a short road deserve some damage compensation. It is but right and justifiable.
I have received so much feedback from my previous column about the BRT. As you all know, I oppose it with a passion. People just do not get it. We do not have space for huge structures in the middle of the road. In the areas where