Road safety

Enforce road safety measures, DPWH leaders ordered

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Regional Director of the Department of Public Works and Highways, Roseller Tolentino, recently tasked Central Luzon District Engineers with enforcing road safety measures along major arteries.

This is to ensure that national roads are unobstructed and that government contractors comply with the mandatory posting of construction safety warning signs at project sites.

This follows a memorandum issued by Undersecretary Roberto Bernardo which reiterated various directives relating to road safety measures.

Tolentino said traffic accidents were reportedly caused by construction projects implemented by the agency.

“Government contractors implementing road projects must ensure that there are a sufficient number of signaling and traffic control devices at construction sites, and in fact we require them to submit a plan site traffic management plan and an operational traffic plan, so we expect that road accidents caused by the civil works will be minimized,” said Tolentino.

He added that DPWH field engineers overseeing the implementation of projects must ensure that visible road signs are placed at the correct distance, especially at night when most road accidents occur. .

“Many factors contribute to road safety, such as insufficient lighting on construction sites, poorly maintained pavements, presence of obstructions in the right-of-way of national roads, and all of these must be removed,” said Tolentino.

District engineers were also reminded of their obligation to immediately remove all obstructions on trunk roads.

Tolentino has coordinated with Central Luzon LGUs and others on strict enforcement of anti-overload policies.

He also said overloaded vehicles contribute to many fatal road accidents.

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