A portion of the newly completed Baybay City Diversion Road.
A portion of the newly completed Baybay City Diversion Road.

Tacloban City – (PNA) — Traffic congestion is now solved in Baybay City after the completion of the PHP395 million diversion road, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported.

The Baybay Diversion Road is a national road that serves as the trunk line and the fundamental component of the road network of Baybay City from Maasin City to Tacloban City and Maasin City to Ormoc City.

The road, which was completed on December 2015, serves also as an access in going to and from the roll-on roll-off ports of the city with a total length of 5.154 kilometers.

“The project has minimized traffic congestions in the city proper by diverting vehicular traffic to the new diversion road, thereby reducing convergence in the busy streets,” said DPWH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Rolando Asis.

Other benefits include reduced travel time, dust and air pollution.

This will also lead to increased commercial activities and job opportunities for the locals.

In the long run, this will ultimately improve the socio-economic condition of Baybay City, according to the DPWH official.

Of the PHP395 million, PHP100 million was released in 2013, PHP150 million in 2014, and PHP100 million in 2015.

The DPWH is proposing additional budget of PHP4.95 million for slope protection this year.

The road stretches at junction Ormoc-Baybay Road in Candadam village, passing through Cogon and Can-ipa villages, then crossing the Tacloban-Baybay South Road in Gaas village and ends at junction Baybay-Maasin Road in Hipusngo village. (PNA)