Monday, March 19, 2012

The Downside of Highway Renovations

The frequent road renovations that one see during travels is a sure sign of the fact that: 1) roads never last that long and so they need constant maintenance and, 2) these allow other people to produce the best and the worst out of them.

One such worst example is the bad timing of road renovations in the area of Maharlika Highway in Batangas province leading to Quezon. I once experienced being stranded in that area more than four hours due to road asphalting on a weekend. That was, to some extent, understandable since an underlying assumption was that there are no classes and work during weekends.

But to have road (my mother said it was bridge) renovations on a Friday afternoon, during the rush hours (sometime between 4pm and 7pm) was definitely a loser act. What could have been a free-flowing one-and-a-half-hour-ride from Turbina (in Calamba City, Laguna) to San Pablo City became an almost four-hour of being stranded, yet again, in that general area of Maharlika Highway.

Time management and a semi-long-term projection of the project would be just a few things that could have been considered. In any case, being optimistic is my initial reaction and I do hope it will not happen again, at least for the rest of the month.

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