Road issues hamper Davao City diversion extension

TARGET completion set by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the Davao City diversion road extension project was moved to July 2016 due to road-right-of-way (RROW) problems.

The construction of the 2.6-kilometer bypass road extending to Toril, Bangkal-Talomo-Puan section was first eyed to be completed in April 2016.

“The project timeline was moved a little bit from April to July of next year because we are still settling down the issues on the RROW. Mushrooming of the illegal settlers within the project site is still one of our concerns,” Dean Ortiz, DPWH Davao Region's spokesperson said in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao Wednesday.

The P190 million road project started its construction in May of this year.

Ortiz said they are coordinating with the affected families for the construction of the project by conducting necessary meetings and consultations for the realization of the project, which is aimed to decongest worsening traffic condition in the city.

As of October 31, 2015, the project is at 18.3 percent complete and DPWH is closely working with the Davao City Transport and Traffic Management Office (CTTMO) to come up with an efficient traffic scheme.

The diversion road extension is one of the DPWH's regular infrastructure projects.

In an earlier report, the project was also suspended on June 8, 2015 as the difficulties in the negotiation for the acquisition of RROW and the obstruction of such as public utilities and telecommunication posts arise.

“But measures are now being undergone to realize this project for not too long from now,” Ortiz said.
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