THE Negros Occidental Third District Engineering Office (DEO) under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is currently implementing the improvement of an access road to Kabankalan Airport.
The road improvement costs more or less P50 million and funded under the 2017 General Appropriations Act (GAA) of the DEO.
The project involves the concreting of a 2-kilometer, 6.7-meter wide, and 0.28-meter thick road. It also includes the construction of grouted riprap for slope erosion protection and installation of reinforced concrete pipe culvert to serve as drainage.
Further, the road will have “reflectorized” thermoplastic pavement markings for the safety of motorists and commuters.
According to District Engineer Haydee M. Alunan, the concreting of the road section is significant as it will provide easy access from both the city and communities in the upland portion of Brgy. Hilamonan.
“This road passes through a sugarcane plantation, hence, its improvement would provide better access for faster and easier transport of sugarcane products to Kabankalan City and to neighboring cities,” Alunan said.
“Ease of delivery of farm products would be experienced with this improvement, thus local economy could be enhanced,” she added.
Currently, Kabankalan City is developing a 105-hectare airport at Hilamonan village.
“This road section is located along the thoroughfare of emerging airport, and its (road) improvement will become one of the main road channels going to the airport,” Alunan stressed.
“When the airport is operational, it is projected that volume of traffic will likely to increase, hence, continuous road improvement is being undertaken,” she added. (DPWH-6/RPAIO)
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