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We traveled along the section of Payatas Road from the junction with Montalban Highway to the intersection with the Manila Gravel Pit Road. A significant length of the road had the La Mesa watershed, Metro Manila’s main source of fresh water, along its right. This was an issue before and is still an issue today as more and more developments are made along the road with some already having impacts on the watershed due to encroachments, irresponsible waste disposal and other activities.

The following photos show various sections of the Payatas Road from its junction with Montalban Highway to the point it becomes the Gravel Pit Road (also known as Litex Road). The photos clearly show the road and roadside conditions of this important link between Metro Manila and Rizal Province.

After turning left from the intersection with Montalban Highway, it is a two-lane road

A few hundred meters away, travelers begin to climb towards Quezon City view a few picturesque areas along the road. The tarpaulin sign on the left indicates an ongoing roadworks project by the DPWH.

The canal on the inner side of the road keeps water off the carriageway, making the surface safer for motorists. These though are not easily seen at night-time without proper pavement markings and lights.

There were roadworks ongoing along the road as we ascended and heavy equipment like the one shown in the photo tend to constrict traffic flow.

Going up the road, we became part of a platoon of vehicles whose speed was dictated by the road conditions.

Trucks are usually the slower moving vehicles and will often dictate speeds on the ascent.

Concrete barriers prevented vehicles from flying off the road in case the driver or rider loses control of the vehicle.

View of the Marikina Valley, which is the catchment area for a lot of water (from rains) that comes from the surrounding mountains of the Sierra Madre range.

There’s significant truck traffic along this road and many carry garbage or junk.

But traffic is usually light as this and other photos show. Many sections had no pavement markings and traffic signs to guide motorists.

At the edge of one of the curves is a house with modern style architecture. A good landmark to guide travelers using the road.

Some sections seem narrow due to the walls built to keep people out of the watershed area and the encroachments on the other side of the road.

There were no proper drainage along the road and many sections have poor pavement conditions.

What appeared as drainage works were actually part of the concrete “re-blocking” for the road.

There were also waterworks along the road when we passed through.

Such waterworks being undertaken often lead to traffic congestion as road space is constricted.

The road has poor drainage along many of its sections including this section near a gas station where muddy water pools in the middle of the road. Such instances induce drivers and riders to encroach upon the opposing lane as shown in the photo above.

There are many junk shops along the road owing to its proximity to the Payatas open dumpsite.

End of the road where Payatas Road ends and becomes the Manila Gravel Pit Road.


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  1. […] taken around the same time the other photos along the Batasan-San Mateo Road, Montalban Highway and Payatas Road were taken and so comprise a series of […]

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