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Stop Start Road

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By Foreign Eyes

Jesus says to evaluate the cost before starting a project (Luke 14:28-30).  Is this the story of the stop-start road from Brgy. Binan through Cabanbanan?

Big machines come and punch holes in the existing road, then they go home.  A few months later more big machines come and dig up the ruined road, then they too go home  A few months go-by then men come and put up metal-form work to hold the concrete of the new road.  This form works it for a while as a start testimony to inertia.

Finally, a short stretch of concrete island.   And the whole painful process is repeated at another seemingly random stretch of roadway.

Meanwhile in the real world of jeepneys, tricycles, trucks, cars and people we sit and wait in long queues.  Drivers turn their engines off.  A mute testimony  to Jesus words.

Perhaps the saddest part is the large sign that sits blanky mute advising the progress of the stop-start road.  The road starts then stops.  Traffic stops then starts then stops again.  People stop.  Start and allow extra time to sit stationary in queues.  Jeepneys do one or two less trips per day.DSC06286
Tricycles dodge and weave around the ruined old road.

Perhaps if the the road planners knew Jesus words the Australian acronym would not apply —6 P’s:  Proper, Planning, Prevents, Piss, Poor, Performance.

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