TACLOBAN CITY- Motorists are now utilizing the solar road studs installed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Leyte Second District Engineering Office, on the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc (PCO) intermittent road section from Jaro to Capoocan in Leyte.

The project, worth P10.47 million and sourced from the Special Road Fund—Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC), has installed 2,537 solar studs to illuminate 14.735 lane kilometers of the PCO road.

District Engineer Leo Edward Oppura said that the project is more beneficial to public utility vehicles and cargo trucks because they are usually on the road at night transporting passengers and goods.

“Usually, road accidents happen at night and during inclement weather due to poor visibility; with these devices, drivers will have a visible guide while traversing the road,” he said.

The solar pavement leveling marker stud is an internally illuminated device.
Solar studs are a good solution for both safe and sustainable infrastructure, providing superior long-distance visibility of the road layout ahead.

Internally illuminated solar pavement leveling studs activate at the beginning of twilight. Once daylight exceeds a certain intensity in the morning, the lights will turn off and the battery will start charging.

The district office maintains 44.831 kilometers of the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road network, traversing the municipalities of Jaro, Tunga, Barugo, Carigara, and Capoocan, all in Leyte. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)