TACLOBAN CITY – The office of the Second Leyte Engineering District (2nd LED) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) assures cleaner and wider highways as part of its maintenance thrust for 2017.
2nd LED District Engineer Carlos Veloso said providing safe and convenient highways will help sustain economic gains in the district.
The 2nd LED has undertaken widening of primary roads in the past year particularly along the Maharlika Highway and the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc road serves as a route connecting Luzon to places in Mindanao in the south and to Cebu through Leyte’s western part.
Veloso said his office will be providing safe and convenient travel for the public by removing obstructions along these primary roads and will clear the road shoulders.
“Now that we have widened our roads, our goal is to have them maintained all the year through,” Veloso said.
Road signs will be put up as well to guide the travelling public.
Meanwhile, it was learned that not only roads are to be widened this year but also vital bridges in Leyte’s second district.
Upgrading of bridges will be two-lane to a four-lane road.
The recent four-lane road opened to the public the 2nd LED is the Hiagsam Bridge in Jaro town which was destroyed during the onslaught of typhoon “Senyang” in 2014.
The bridge is said to be typhoon resilient which will become a basic quality of the other bridges eyed for widening in 2017.
This bridge widening project set this 2017 will target the Calbasag Bridge, Bocog Bridge, Balocawe Bridge, Bawon Bridge and Balire Bridge along the Maharlika Highway.
The Ponong Bridge, Sagkahan Bridge, Tagak Bridge and Cocot Bridge along the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc Road are likewise part of the bride widening project.