By Betheena Kae Unite
Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar recently expressed confidence that the 7.55-kilometer Banza-Magallanes road project in Agusan del Norte will be finished as scheduled in 2022.
The P1.55-billion road project is being implemented through a convergence project with the Department of Tourism. It will connect the municipality of Magallanes and Cabadbaran City to Butuan City, Agusan del Norte.
When completed, the new road will cut travel time from the town of Magallanes to Butuan City via Daang Maharlika and vice versa from one hour to 15 minutes.
At present, a 4.88-kilometer portion of the road has already been constructed. Over a kilometer of it has been concreted, according to Villar.
The construction started in 2015. It is funded under the Multi-Year Allocation Program.
“The project also includes construction of two bridges along the Banza-Magallanes Road, namely Buhang Bridge and Banza Bridge II”, Villar said.
“The new road network is designed to promote tourist destination areas in the province such as the scenic Centennial Tree and Branches that can boost the region’s economic competitiveness,” the secretary added.