Zapote road project to cut travel time, reduce flooding

Published April 14, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Vanne P. Terrazola

The fourth phase of the Zapote River Drive road project in Las Piñas City is expected to cut travel time by 60 percent and reduce incidence of flooding in the city, Senator Cynthia Villar said.

Villar, the city’s former representative, on Saturday said residents could expect faster and easier commute or travel as the fourth of the five-phase roadwork starts.

The senator led the inauguration of the road project which connects Barangays Pilar, Almanza and Talon 5 in Las Piñas last February.

“Phase 4 of the Zapote River Drive road project is projected to cut travel time to and from the city of Las Piñas by 60 percent. That should make Las Piñas folk and travelers cruising the city the ‘happiest commuters’,”Villar said.

The project includes the construction of a 300-meter retaining wall and road, including a box culvert, which traverses Golden Acres and Moonwalk Phase 2, and Barangay Talon 5, leading to Zapote River Drive.

It also includes a 630-meter retaining wall with road, including a bypass of the Zapote River, which covers Vatican Drive to Cicero Street at the BF Resort Village; and the continuation of a 100-meter road from San Isidro Pamplona 1 towards Diego Cera Avenue in Barangay Zapote.

Villar added that the fourth phase of the project would also address flooding in Las Piñas, especially with the clean-up of the Zapote River, which is also a component of the road project.

“Because of the clean-up component of this road project, we have made our river system free-flowing again and has rid it of tons of garbage. We can now expect to stop flooding incidents in our city,” the senator said during the inauguration.

The Zapote River Drive is a five-phased, 15-kilometer road project with the twin objective of easing traffic congestion and reducing flooding incidence in Las Piñas during the rainy season.