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More community road works

I came back from a trip to find the road in front of our home suddenly become a busy road. The road is the only alternate route to the main road in our subdivision and with the rehabilitation work on the main road, residents from the inner parts of the village have no choice but to go through a longer route when leaving and returning home.

IMG10791-20150426-0628Start of roadworks – my first observation was that there was no proper curing applied to the new concrete pavement.

IMG10792-20150426-0628Crushed rock base layer beside Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PPCP) slab

IMG10793-20150426-0629Completed lane without curing – proper curing means the slab should have been watered as concrete releases heat as it hardens. With the hot weather we experience┬áduring the dry season,┬ácuring is all the more important for the concrete to achieve the desired strength over the typical period of 14 to 21 days.

IMG10794-20150426-0629End of the project – the project is with the City of Antipolo and part of our subdivision is in the Municipality of Taytay. The concreting ends at the boundary of Antipolo and Taytay.

IMG10795-20150426-0629A look back at the section under rehabilitation

With the increased number of trucks entering the subdivision due to the many residential construction projects currently on full swing, I hope that the concrete slabs will not be damaged and require major repair. The fact that the contractor did not cure the concrete properly brings questions whether the concrete was able to achieve full strength over the prescribed period. This is actually a reflection of current construction practices in the country that were subject of several researches we’ve made and presented in several venues. The issue remain generally disregarded by the DPWH and likely by most local government units for projects under them.

Community road works

There have been a lot of roadworks recently at the subdivision where we reside. This is a good thing for the residents as many roads have deteriorated after so many years of non-maintenance. The rehabilitation of the main roads, I understand, were and are funded by public money through the City Government and the DPWH. This is made possible by the subdivision’s roads being already turned over to the city government and with the subdivision being also a barangay. In fact, the subdivision is the smallest of the city. Following are some photos of roadworks in our village.

2015-02-12 07.06.33Base layer and steel reinforcement

2015-02-12 07.06.50A close-up of the “ties that bind” the steel bars together

2015-02-12 07.07.27Section for concreting

IMG10238-20150310-0654The finished product

IMG10520-20150403-1815Asphalted pavement at an intersection near the homeowners’ association office

We are very appreciative of the efforts of our village homeowners association in improving the infrastructure in the subdivision. The current policy calls for the prioritization of road sections where residents are up to date in paying their dues. I think this is a fair approach to prioritizing community road works. In fact, there are more road works being implemented now. This is good timing considering it is the dry season. The only drawbacks of such projects are temporary road closures and re-routing of traffic.