DPWH seeks P2-billion funding for Tacloban-Palo diversion road.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is trying to secure some P2 billion to complete the construction of the Tacloban-Palo Diversion Road to decongest traffic and curb flooding in Tacloban and Leyte.
Under the proposal, the department intends to build a 2.87-kilometer, four-lane road that will start from San Jose-Candahug Road in Tacloban City to Maharlika Highway in Barangay Campetic, Palo, Leyte, traversing the village of Pawing.
According to DPWH Region 8 Director Nerie D. Bueno, the road is designed to not only decongest vehicular traffic along the Maharlika Highway, but will also lessen flooding in the area.
'We have included Tacloban-Palo Diversion Road Project in our 2019 proposed budget. We hope to commence the road project soon as it is among our priority projects that will serve as an alternate route to relieve traffic congestion at the junction of Maharlika Highway, Tacloban-Baybay South Road, and Government Center Road,' Bueno said.
She added that the road will mainly 'protect lives and properties of residents living in flood-prone barangays of Palo and Tacloban City with its flood-control component composed of a 6-meter-wide drainage and a double-barrel cross drainage in every 50 meters.'
Bueno explained that the proposed bigger drainage system will mitigate flooding in the barangays of Candahug, Pawing and Campetic in Palo, Leyte; and barangays Caibaan, San Jose, Marasbaras, Manlurip, as well as V and G and Imelda Subdivisions in Tacloban City, 'which normally turn into swamp lands during rainy and typhoon season and take weeks for floodwater to subside.'
The project also includes the provision for bike lanes, sidewalks, service roads, solar street lights and road-safety device components, converting the idle, flood-prone lands to prime commercial districts of the province.
Once the funding has been secured, the project will be implemented in six tranches.