MANILA – Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) secretary Rogelio Singson apologized to motorists on Monday as delays in the road re-blocking along the Epifanio delos Santos Avenue (EDSA) caused heavy traffic.
A portion of EDSA's northbound lane near Ayala Tunnel was still not passable as of Monday morning due to delays in the road re-blocking in the area.
Singson said the contractor, AKH Construction, only finished pouring concrete on the road on Saturday.
''Hindi naman ito nag-umpisa ng Sabado lang. Napaka-laki kasi nung trabaho dito, dinakdak ng tama at kinompact ng tama ang ilalim, at Sabado lang sila natapos ng pagse-semento,'' Singson told dzMM.
Singson apologized to the motorists for the traffic, saying there is no one to blame for the heavy traffic but the DPWH.
''Unfortunately, sumablay kami dito sa portion lang naman na ito, kaya humihingi kami ng paumanhin. Sabi ko nga kay [Metropolitan Manila Development Authority] chairman [Francis Tolentino] wala kaming sinisisi dito, kasalanan talaga namin iyan,'' he said.
Traffic build-up was also observed along EDSA's northbound lane from Buendia to Ortigas, as the service road in Ortigas area, near Guadix Drive, was closed to traffic.
As of 8:30 a.m., motorists were already allowed to use the service road.
The MMDA, meanwhile, opened a temporary "zipper lane'' along EDSA's northbound lane, from Megamall to Pioneer area, to ease traffic along EDSA's southbound lane.
The zipper lane is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM