DAVAO CITY—Several alternate and new roads will open in this city next year to lessen its worsening traffic congestion, a city councilor said Tuesday.
Councilor Conrado Baluran, Committee on Energy and Transportation chairman, said at least two alternate routes that will unfold in the early months of 2017, after city officials met with Land Transportation and Regulatory Board chairman Martin Delgra.
Public utility vehicles will have new routes in Davao as soon as the constructed roads are opened, Buluran said.
“Our number 1 target is to really open the new Modification approach. We really need to change the route since Matina Crossing [one of the congested areas in the southern portion of the city] is where the cars converge, so we need to open more routes in the area,” he said.
An alternate route will open in the Ulas area soon to divert cars from the Matina intersection, the councilor added.
Alternate routes in the northern and southern portion of the city will open early in 2017, Baluran said.
“There are two shortcut roads, one is in the Lanang area [in the north] and in Catalunan Pequeño in the southern part,” he said.
A P34-billion coastal road is also part of the project of the city and the Department of Public Works and Highways, part of the P41 billion worth of road construction allocated by the national government.