BACOLOD CITY–Three major road projects are set to start construction this year in Bacolod City to ease traffic congestion and open new growth areas in the south.
This, according to Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya, who revealed the projects include two diversion roads and one bypass road.
“I proposed these projects because we saw some areas in Bacolod that were converted into roads from north to south, but we still lack roads from west to east,” Gasataya said, adding that another contributing factor to his proposal was the worsening traffic situation in the city.
“This is one way for us to decongest traffic along Burgos,” he said.
According to Gasataya, the major network of roads will be constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and funded by the national government under the General Appropriations Act.
The projects include a diversion road in the area of Barangay Sum-ag, another one in the area of Barangay Granada, and a bypass road in Circumferential Barangay Mandalagan that will connect to the Economic Highway going to Barangays Granada and Alangilan. All three will be four-lane roads.
Gasataya thanked DPWH Secretary Mark Villar for facilitating the approval of the much-needed infrastructure that, as a whole, is expected to be completed within three years.
Additionally. Gasataya said, three public markets—Sum-ag, Banago, and Granada—will soon be renovated./(Eugene Y. Adiong/INews-Bacolod/Negros Bureau)