If you don’t want traffic, try to avoid CM Recto – Limketkai area starting this Friday, November 26, as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to resume its Subterranean Drainage Project. Phase 1 covers the section from From Puregold crossing to Limketkai Drive (in front of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf) and from USTP to Bitan-ag Bridge Section.

In its advisory, DPWH stated that a temporary traffic scheme will be implemented to make way for the drainage project. Accordingly, this temporary traffic scheme will comprise 5 Phases.


The construction sequence of DPWH Regional Office X comprises five (5) phases – with five (5) sub-phases for Phase 1 and two (2) sub-phases for Phase 2.

The First Phase (Sub-phases 1A and 1B) of the project implementation involves the construction of a single barrel diversion drainage line that would connect the existing Bitan-ag Channel at Limketkai to the diversion drainage line along BCIR and Agora Terminal Road in Lapasan. This will result to temporary road closure of a portion from the crossing of Puregold towards Limketkai Drive fronting CBTL.


This constructed drainage line will divert water from Bitan-ag Creek in Limketkai Section leading to CM Recto Highway then straight to Valenzuela Road in Agora and exits at the downstream portion of the creek.


The First Phase (Sub-phases 1C, 1D and 1E) also includes the re-blocking and raising along the BCIR section, from Puregold to Bitan-ag Bridge, by not more than one meter. This phase of the project will run for 300 calendar days considering that no major intervening issues are encountered.


DPWH will soon release project details for Phases 2 to 5 soonest once construction works will begin for the said specific sections.

Read Executive Order No. 129-2021A signed by City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno for the temporary traffic scheme relative to the project.


Meanwhile, the CDO Urban Drainage Master Plan is now funded by 47.12% or Php 3.198 Billion out of the total project cost of Php 7.265 Billion. This funded amount covers 21,564.03 linear meters of the project or 53.17% of the total project length.

info and photos from DPWH-X

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