The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is all set to create a diversion road in Samar Province leading to Calbayog Airport.
Based on her report, DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie Bueno said that the eyed Capoocan-Dagum Diversion Road will start alongside Matobato Elementary School in Barangay Capoocan going through an intersection in Caramel Subdivision and Pagbalican Road until it reaches its endpoint in Calbayog Diversion Road at Barangay Dagum.
The eyed project has a total length of 1.156 kilometers that will consist of four lanes, additional two bicycle lanes, and two pedestrian lanes, one for each direction. Aside from that, the road will also have a drainage structure with a total length of 1.69 kilometers.
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said that the project is aimed to address heavy volume of traffic along Daang Maharlika during peak hours, starting at Barangay Matobato. The road, Villar noted, will also serve as another thoroughfare once 'timbol' and 'pedicabs' are not allowed to pass along main highways.
The so-called Capoocan-Dagum Diversion Road is also expected to provide better economic opportunities for the province.
The agency is anticipating that in 20 years, Calbayog Airport will become an international airport, thus, tourist influx and businesses will flourish. With Calbayog City’s expected development, roads should already be in place, giving emphasis for the construction of a diversion road.
“This will open a lot of opportunities not only to big businesses but also to small and local trades in the city. Projections and visions of the needed infrastructures is vital for the realization of a flourishing economy,” Villar explained.
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