CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar,(PIA)—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) declared the Calbayog Diversion Road as part of the national road.

This is pursuant to the provision of Section 5, Executive Order No. 124, that the DPWH Central Office has issued under Department Order No. 80, Series of 2014.

The Calbayog Diversion Road provides an alternate route to decongest traffic in Calbayog City proper.

The volume of traffic plying along the National Road from Luzon to myriad places of destination congests the National Road in the city proper of Calbayog.

It starts in Barangay Cagsalaosao, Calbayog City to Barangay Monbon, Sta. Margarita, Samar with a length of 16.5 kilometers, 2 lane with 6.7 width of carriageway, slope protection including the construction of Nijaga Bridge has a total length of 65.00 meters.

According to DPWH Samar First Engineering District, the construction of the diversion road was first implemented by the Regional Office in 1996. From then on, the diversion project became a multi-year project until the twelve road sections connecting the vital road networks in Calbayog City are opened, constructed, upgraded and concrete paved.

As a National Road, this road section will be included in the district’s road network which will receive funding for maintenance. (PIA 8-Samar with Ma. Nenita Y. Gomez DPWH Samar First Engg District-Information Officer)