MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno advised motorists, specially truck drivers, to avoid passing by Roxas Boulevard in the meantime, after cracks were seen particularly on its southbound lane.
Moreno raised the alarm, citing a June 2019 incident wherein a 14-wheeler truck containing sand slated for delivery to the Manila Bay fell into a sinkhole on the northbound service road at the corner of Remedios Street, near the Rajah Sulayman park and fronting the Max’s Restaurant.
Fortunately, no one was hurt in the said accident. The said sinkhole area had been cordoned off and the affected area is still under construction to date.
Moreno said the city engineer’s office under Armand Andres and the Department of Public Works and Highways will be conducting an inspection into the said cracks and assess the safeness of the entire stretch of Roxas Boulevard falling under Manila’s jurisdiction.
The mayor particularly called on truck drivers, especially those carrying heavy loads, to avoid the said route.
“Nakakita tayo ng mga bitak kaya panawagan ko, ‘wag muna kayong dadaan sa Roxas Boulevard. Delikado po. baka malagay sa alanganin buti na ang nag-iingat hangga’t di naiinspeksyon. Ayokong me mangyayari na ikagugulat nating lahat, better safe than sorry,” Moreno said.
Moreno advised the trucks to use the old routes of Finance, San Marcelino, Quirino Avenue and then Osmena Highway.
“Sa ibang motorista, maaring maghanap na rin kayo ng ibang ruta,” he added.