By Betheena Kae Unite
The construction of an 18.5-kilometer bypass road in Butuan City, which started in 2006, is on track and is expected to be finally completed by early 2021, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
Construction of the Butuan Bypass Road from Bancasi to Antongalon, according to DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, started in 2006. It was funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency as a road component for the construction of the first cable-stayed bridge in Mindanao – the Diosdado Macapagal Bridge.
Villar furthered that “succeeding implementation continue up to the present receiving a total allocation of P1,814.57 million and constructing 18.50 kilometers.”
Recently, the secretary inspected the road project and bared that it will finally be completed in three years time.
The bypass road is seen to provide solution to the increasing volume of traffic along the Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Road which prevents fast mobility of economic goods and irate commuters to the hilt.
“The Butuan bypass road is an alternate route that gives commuters an escape from traffic congestion in downtown Butuan and provides faster route towards northern and south eastern Mindanao,” Villar said.
Under the project, road opening, road upgrading, concrete road widening, construction and widening of concrete bridges, river bank protection, reblocking and asphalt overlay are implemented.
“In light of recent typhoons, we have to make sure that goods and services are delivered on time that emergency situations are readily addressed because our roads are accessible anytime,” Villar said during the inspection.
He noted that the road is an “all-weather route that surpasses flooding along the Butuan City- Cagayan De Oro-Iligan Road during extreme weather condition, giving unhampered access from East to West.”