BAYBAY CITY NEWS – The construction of the P500 million Baybay City diversion road is well on its way despite the scrapping of Congress’ pork barrel fund this year.
Funded by the national government through the Department of Public Works and Highways, the 5.4 kilometer new diversion road is set to cover five of the city’s farm barangays from Candadam along the Ormoc–Baybay Road and slicing through Barangays Canipa and Cogon in the East.
Identified by the local government as the biggest project the national government has given Baybay City in recent years, construction of the diversion road has now crossed the Tacloban–Baybay road near Barangay Gaas. The new road is expected to connect with Maharlika Highway along the Baybay-Maasin junction in Barangay Hipusngo according to the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Baybay City Mayor Carmen Loreto Cari said that the completion of the road will not only ease traffic in Baybay City’s main thoroughfares but will help step up travel from Ormoc to the various towns after Baybay City. “It is designed to decongest the city proper and expand city economic development in the barangays affected”, Cari earlier disclosed.
The new diversion road is expected to serve as an effective alternate route from Ormoc to Maasin and Ormoc to Tacloban during disasters. Baybay City is currently a re–route point for travelers from Ormoc to Tacloban due to the destruction of the Dapdap Bridge in Alang-alang, Leyte.