DPWH: 5 roads closed, 9 routes with limited access due to ‘Agaton’

Five national roads in Eastern Visayas are currently closed and not passable to all types of vehicles due to flooding and landslides caused by the onslaught of tropical depression "Agaton", the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced on Monday, April 11.

Maharlika Road, Barangay Abuyog, Leyte (Photo courtesy of DPWH)

Based on the DPWH's consolidate situational reports, the following roads are affected as of 6 a.m.:

Arteche-Jipapad-Las Navas-Rawis Road in Barangay Bigo, Arteche, Eastern Samar (due to flooding)

Sto. Rosario-Villaba Road in Brgy. Hibulangan, Villaba, Leyte (due to flooding)

Tacloban Baybay South Road in Brgy. Cuatro de Agosto, Mahaplag, Leyte (due to landslide)

Daang Maharlika, Sogod-Libagon Section in Southern Leyte (possibly due to landslide or soil erosion)

Abuyog-Silago Road in Brgy. Imelda, Silago, Southern Leyte (due to landslide)

Meanwhile, DPWH Sec. Roger Mercado said Regions 4-A, 8, 10, and 12 reported nine roads with limited access “due to minor landslides with fallen trees. Out of the nine roads, the Marikina-Infanta Road, K0107+380 in Quezon and San Francisco-San Ricardo Section in Barangay Manglit, Pintuyan, Southern Leyte have only one passable lane.

Hilusig Bridge, Mahaplag, Leyte (Photo courtesy of DPWH)

In Region 10 and 12, the Kapalong-Talaingod- Valencia Road in Lumbayao, Valencia City and Salug Bridge in Barangay San Jose, San Fernando, Bukidnon due to scouring of abutment; and Awang-Upi-Lebak-Kalamansig-Palimbang-Sarangani Road in Barangay Bolebak, Lebak, Sultan Kudarat have only one passable lane.

In Region 8, five other road are only passable to heavy vehicles due to flooding. These roads are: Mainit-San Miguel-Santol Road in Brgy. Santol, San Miguel, Leyte; Tigbao-Pulak-Sta. Fe Road in Brgy. San Isidro, Sta. Fe, Leyte; Calubian-San Isidro-Tabango-Villaba-Palompon Road in Leyte; Tacloban Baybay South Road in Brgy. Gaas, Baybay City, Leyte; Ormoc-Baybay-Southern Leyte Boundary Road in Brgy. Hipusngo, VSU Market, and Brgy. Punta, in Baybay City and Talisay, Hilongos, Leyte.

To ensure the safety of residents and motorists, the department has deployed its Quick Response Teams to monitor affected road sections if weather and road conditions permit.