The city of Koronadal in South Cotabato will soon benefit from wider roads after the Deparment of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) officially started road widening projects.

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar stated that the agency aims to improve the economic activities of the city by decongesting traffic along the Cotabato-Marbel Road and Bolok Bridge through two expansion projects.

“DPWH, in partnership with local government units, is committed in contributing to solve traffic congestion in the country as it has long been impeding our growth,” said Mark Villar, DPWH Secretary.

Php 62 million road widening projects to free up traffic in Koronadal City image

One of the key projects involves the widening of the busy Cotabato-Marbel Road along Alunan Avenue. From just having four-lanes, the DPWH will build an additional two lanes. In addition, a 1.5-meter sidewalk will also be constructed complete with a curb and gutter. When completed, the Php 43 million widening project will cut commuters' travel time during rush hour thanks to the new lanes. The DPWH aims to complete it by March 2020.

Meanwhile, the other project is the Bolok Bridge expansion. A 3.66-meter roadway widening in each direction will be conducted, along with the construction of concrete railings and a sidewalk. With a budget of Php 19 million, the DPWH is targeting to finish the bridge expansion by December of this year in order to ease traffic jams along the city's rotunda.