China Henan International Cooperation Group, Ltd. (CHICO) has started paving the Police Academy Road, one of the worst thoroughfares in Paynesville.
The estimated cost of the work was not revealed but when completed it will give residents and adjacent community dwellers access to a better road which commercial vehicle operators will be willing to ply for the convenience of commuters. The improved road will also bring relief to owners of private vehicles on which the bad road has taken a toll.
The Ministry of Public Works on December 22 broke ground for the asphalt pavement of the Police Academy Road, being implemented by CHICO.
CHICO project manager, Mr. Yang, said the road project is progressing smoothly as Ministry of Public Works and other road engineers are conducting periodic inspections in line with specifications spelled out in the contract.
While all efforts are being exerted to successfully carry out the project, Mr. Yang said safety officers and agents, on a daily basis, monitor the site to prevent unsafe driving and offer recommendations as required by the Road Safety Action Plan.
He said CHICO has dispatched several road engineers and technicians, earth moving and other heavy duty equipment, supervisors, flagmen and security to the project site to make sure everything goes according to plan.
Mr. Joseph N. Swen, CHICO Administrative and Media Relations Officer, said the company is seeking the cooperation of residents and motorists plying the route and wants them to observe all road safety regulations and signs posted at the project site as the project enters into another phase. Swen said engineers and road technicians were finding it difficult to get motorists to fully comply with road safety regulations as well as instructions being given by flagmen along the road.
He disclosed that routine maintenance work, which includes back filling of drainages with several tons of red dirt along the S.K.D Boulevard, is ongoing to protect the drainage affected by erosion caused by heavy rainfall.
Residents interviewed by the Daily Observer were unanimous in their appreciation to the Ministry of Public Works and the government’s for implementing the long awaited upgrading of their road.
“At least we will be able to travel back and forth without much of the bad road headache that we have experienced in the past,” a resident said.