The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) has sent a team to conduct a thorough assessment of the accident-prone portion of the highway in Barangay Igbucagay, Hamtic, Antique.
The DPWH considered it as a “black spot” because of the occurrence of “similar types of road accidents” in the area.
DPWH-6 Assistant Director Engineer Al Fruto said on Wednesday that “killer highway” is equipped with safety signs.
“Damu na kita dira ya signs, safety (barriers), pati check braces may ginbutang kita and other warning signages,” he said.
Last week, a Ceres bus fell off a cliff in the mountainous village. Three passengers were killed and 7 others, including the bus driver and conductor, were injured in the latest fatal accident.
Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao said the accident-prone steep road needs a better engineering design.
Contrary to what the DPWH official said, Cadiao claimed that the area has not enough warning signs
Meanwhile, Fruto said they will involve experts, particularly from the Bureau of Quality and Safety of the agency, in coming up with a report after the assessment.
He said they may introduce physical intervention not only in the “black spot” but also in other roads that need it.
“Basi makapabulig kita just in case may mga issues didto nga kinanglan naton ang bulig sang aton central office,” said Fruto.
The DPWH-Antique District Engineering Office already started puttng rumble strips on the highway near the accident-prone area.
Rumble strips, also known as alert strips, are a road safety feature to alert inattentive drivers of potential danger by causing a tactile vibration and audible rumbling transmitted through the wheels into the vehicle interior.
A rumble strip is applied along the direction of travel following an edgeline or centerline to alert drivers when they drift from their lane.
Rumble strips may also be installed in a series across the direction of travel, to warn drivers of a stop or slowdown ahead, or of an approaching danger spot.
Fruto noticed that most of the vehicular accidents in that area of the highway transpired more or less the same hours and were due to mechanical problems of the vehicles like defective brakes, among others.IMT