By Erma Edera
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) began construction works on expanding a vital highway in Koronadal City, South Cotabato to ensure public safety and promote faster mobility.
The P43-million road widening project involves the construction of a 1.5-meter sidewalk with a curb and gutter, and is expected to be completed in March 2020.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the construction aims to facilitate improvement of economic activities in the city by solving traffic congestion along Cotabato-Marbel Road and Bolok Bridge through road widening projects.
As one of the busiest roads in Koronadal, the additional two lanes for the present four-lane Cotabato-Marbel road along Alunan Avenue would cut commuters’ travel time, especially during rush hours.
On the other hand, the Bolok Bridge expansion project constitutes a 3.66-meter roadway increase in each direction, including construction of concrete railing and sidewalk.
The P19-million bridge expansion along Marbel-Makar Road would ease gridlocks along the city’s rotunda. It is expected to finish by December this year.
Both projects are being implemented by the DPWH South Cotabato District Engineering Office, and were funded under the 2019 DPWH Regular Infrastructure Program.