This premier city in the Caraga is a beneficiary of at least P1.305 billion worth of government projects for drainage improvement and flood control but it came at a price—heavy traffic on one of Butuan’s busiest thoroughfares—J. C. Aquino Avenue.
The avenue, which hosts a line of offices, hotels , hospitals and fast food chains was simultaneously dug up by government contractors for the excavation of canals and installation of culvert barrels, bringing traffic flow to a crawl at certain hours of the day.
Pol M. Delos Santos, director of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Caraga, admitted the projects were causing heavy traffic in many parts of the city and the agency was working to address it.
He also apologized for the traffic gridlock encountered by motorists and commuters going in and out of the city.
“Kaunting tiis lang, this is for the good of everybody and this city is addressing the flood woes,” Santos said.
According to Santos, the ongoing construction undertaken through its Flood Control and Drainage Structures Projects (FCDSP) was part of the government’s efforts to alleviate frequent flooding in Caraga region’s premier and capital city.
Under the project, the DPWH would excavate channels, install box and pipe culvert barrels, construct relief pumping station and drainage canal and widen carriage service road along J. C. Aquino Avenue and Ochoa Avenue.
The projects are currently done round-the-clock and expected to be finished by March 13, 2018.
“Our supervising project engineers from the regional office and Butuan City District Engineering Office are also supervising on the ground to see to it that all specified program of works and specified materials needed are in place,” Santos said. By CLC