The Philippines’ Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to complete several road widening projects this year in order to improve travel from Koronadal City, South Cotabato to General Santos City.

Several infrastructure projects are currently being developed to address vehicular traffic concerns in the region.

The widening of Marbel-Makar Road from four lanes to six between Koronadal City to General Santos City is expected to be completed this April.

Three bridges are also included in DPWH South Cotabato 1st DEO’s widening projects. Bulok Bridge near the Marbel Ball is planned to be completed this month, while work at the Palian Twin Bridge in Barangay Palian is expected to be finished in March.

Saravia Bridge in Barangay Saravia was previously completed in December.

DPWH regional office XII director Basir Ibrahim said: “Wider roads and bridges will not only provide more convenience to the travelling public but also faster delivery of local goods in the area.”

DPWH also expects to start the construction of the Quezon-to-Bicol Expressway project this year. The project spans 220km from Pagbilao, Quezon, to the Maharlika Highway in San Fernando, Camarines Sur, near Naga City.

The agency recently finalised rehabilitation work on the old substructure of the Barkadahan Bridge in Taytay, Rizal.

The bridge serves an integral part of the alternative route to the eastern section of Rizal, Marikina, Quezon City, and the western section of Metro Manila, including South Luzon Expressway and Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City.