Monday, 7 March 2011

Road project to spur growth in 3 regions

Manila Bulletin

BUTUAN CITY – “Expect economic growth in Northern, Southern and Northeastern Mindanao regions when a multi-billion-peso road construction project will be completed,” a top official of the Department of Public Works and Highway (DPWH) said Monday.

DPWH Undersecretary Romeo S. Momo said the project, when completed, will create economic activities in Mindanao.

“This flagship project of the national government is under 24/7 ground works and we are hitting the target timeline of completion by early next year,” the DPWH Undersecretary who hails from Caraga region said.

He said the project will cut across Regions X, XI and XIII. It is considered an important section of the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway traversing Butuan City to Davao City and that of the Sayre Highway along Valencia City in Bukidnon going to Cagayan de Oro City.

The DPWH looks at it as a key alternate road when major incidents would cause road bottlenecks along Sayre and Phil-Japan Friendship highways.

Travelers will be able to save two and a half hours in going to Cagayan de Oro City from Davao City and vice versa, should they take the Talaingod-Bukidnon Road, much lesser than the time they spend traveling through Davao-Calinan-Bukidnon Road, Momo said.

“When completed, a lot of business opportunities will come about due to this highway,” he said.

The Kapalong-Talaingod-Bukidnon road project spans a total length of 57.79 kilometers. The project also includes the construction of six bridges.

Some finishing touches of bridges crossing the Pulangi River in Bukidnon are still under ground works and catching up their timeline of completion. One is a bailey bridge for small vehicles; the other one is a secondary bridge with a six-kilometer road component. A third bridge, said to be the one to connect to Talaingod, stretching 180 linear meters long, with seven-kilometer road component, is set to hit its timeline of completion come June, this year.

Officials in Bukidnon and Davao del Norte and neighboring areas are hoping that these bridges will be completed soon because as soon as that would be up and completed, the Davao del Norte-Bukidnon road will spell economic activities in both provinces as the distance of traveling to northern Mindanao from southern Mindanao will be cut by about 40 percent.

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