VELOSO Street - N. Torres Extension near Abreeza Mall, Obrero in Davao City will be temporarily closed from January 25 to March 12, 2023 to give way for drainage works, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways in Davao Region (DPWH-Davao).

Spokesperson Dean Ortiz told SunStar Davao on January 25 that only the intersection will be closed for 45 days while civil works are underway, while other parts of Obrero will remain open.

Ortiz said the duration of the closure already includes an allowance for weather disturbances and other considerations to avoid further delay and ensure the project’s completion by March to reopen the road to traffic on time.

The drainage project includes the repair and installment of a box culvert within the intersection.

“The project intends to improve the existing drainage system from Bajada to Dacudao,” the spokesperson said.

Affected residents are provided with a special gate pass to allow them entry and exit access via Abreeza Mall.

In the meantime, public access to Obrero is redirected via Dacudao Avenue and J. P. Laurel Avenue thus traffic congestion may be expected in the said areas.

“We advise motorists to take alternate routes and follow the traffic rerouting schemes implemented by the city government,” Ortiz said. ICM