The Transport Bureau (DSAT) has completed less than a third of the 715 roadworks it has planned for this year, the Bureau has told Business Daily.
According to DSAT, as of June 30 of this year 227 roadworks had been completed, with 75 ongoing and 413 not yet started.
Last year, DSAT announced that it planned to conduct more than 1,000 road construction works in 2017, including 711 construction projects for government departments and institutions as well as urgent maintenance for private development projects.
Meanwhile, the Secretary for Transport and Public Works, Raimundo do Rosário, said in the Legislative Assembly (AL) that the level of roadworks would increase in 2017, with traffic problems expected to worsen.
DSAT also informed Business Daily that since the Prevention and Control of Environmental Noise Law was enforced in 2015, four works had been authorised outside of the fixed daytime hours and on holidays, with two projects progressing in 2017.
Of these two projects, a pipe replacement project in Rua da Ribeira do Patane conducted by Macao Water Supply Co. Ltd. has already been completed, while reparation works for the water treatment station in Rotunda Ouvidor Arriaga in Taipa are still being carried out by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau (IACM).
DSAT said that the two works saw their conclusion period extended due to their location in highly used public transportation lanes, with the extension allowing the ‘release of traffic and increasing the works’ progress’.
The department said it had not received any complaints about noise related to construction taking place at late hours.