Located between the boundaries of Mahaplag and Sogod towns, the Agas-Agas Bridge in Southern Leyte is the tallest bridge in the country and is part of the national highway that the DPWH wants to expand into a 6-Lane freeway. (Photo by VBP)

DPWH to build four lane roads for Southern Leyte

MAASIN NEWS –– The Department of Public Works and Highways here says it is drawing up plans for the eventual construction of four lane roads that can handle projected increase in road traffic in this province.

‘We are considering the construction of four lane roads along national roads as part of general preparations for the future influx of motor vehicles plying these roads’, DPWH Southern Leyte District Engineer Ma. Margarita Junia disclosed in a recent interview.

Engineer Junia noted that traffic congestion is now being felt in Maasin City despite the city government’s effort to install traffic lights and detail more traffic enforcers.

Junia also revealed that the engineering district has started the process for the acquisition of needed road-right-of-way along the national roads with the affected property owners.

‘The DPWH has also started the consented demolition of various structures encroaching within the 20-meters from the centerline of the national roads’, Junia said.

‘The DPWH is also set to strengthen some old bridges in this province. Most of these were built around 45 years ago’, Junia added.

About 35 of the province’s 151 bridges were repaired by the district last year. (Report by PIA–SL)