Now that the International Road Assessment Program (iRAP) Philippines' analysis of national roads has started, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has revealed the roads that will undergo assessment in the next few months.
Using a specially-equipped vehicle, software and highly trained analysts, iRAP teams have already undertaken a detailed road inspection of Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City as the kick-off the country's road assessment during the Philippine launch on May 6.
iRAP will assist the DPWH in assessing the safety of some 3,000 kilometers of Philippine highways that have been considered as "high risk roads" based on the evaluation of the DPWH's Traffic Accident and Recording System (TARAS). The assessment of our national roads is also one of the measures the DPWH is taking as part of the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety program.
Besides Commonwealth Avenue, the other national roads that will be subjected to iRAP's assessment are:
- Daang Maharlika (north and south Luzon);
- Daang Maharlika (Samar, Leyte);
- Manila North Road;
- Radial Road 10;
- Quirino Highway (Balintawak to Caloocan);
- Circumferential Road 5;
- Marcos Highway (La Union);
- Jct. Bangag-Magapit Road (Cagayan);
- Olongapo-Bugallon Road;
- R-1 Aguinaldo Highway to Tagaytay City;
- Calapan South Road;
- Tagbilaran North Road;
- Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road;
- Wright-Taft Road (Western and Eastern Samar); and
- San Julian-Guian Road (Eastern Samar).
Do you think the DPWH missed out on a couple of crucial national road systems?