Baluran to DLPC: Light up Ulas-Puan Bypass Road

LAWMAKERS are seeking the Davao Light and Power Company (DLPC) to provide street lights along the newly carved Ulas-Puan Bypass Road in Barangay Talomo Proper, Talomo District.

The item was approved on first reading during the regular session yesterday.

In a privilege speech, transportation committee chair Conrado Baluran said there is a need to illuminate the 7.5 kilometer Ulas-Puan Bypass Road to prevent accidents.

Since its opening last December, it has considerably reduced traffic congestion at the junction of MacArthur Highway and CP Garcia Highway (Diversion Road) in Sitio Bangkal up to junction of MacArthur Highway and Davao-Cotabato Road in SItio Ulas. This saves motorists up to an hour of time at the road.

The road starts from the junction of Diversion Road and MacArthur Highway in Sitio Bangkal, then Sitio Ulas, passing part of Barangay Catalunan Pequeño, and then end up in Sitio Puan. Bangkal, Ulas and Puan are parts of Barangay Talomo Proper.

The route avoids the heavily congested Ulas junction, which intersects the Ulas portion of the Davao-Cotabato Road and the Bukidnon-Davao Road.

Baluran said the road has decongested around 40% of traffic at the Ulas junction.

“My only concern is that for almost two months now, there are still no streetlights being installed along the road, which is detrimental to life and limb to both pedestrians and motorists who are driving during night time,” Baluran said.

Baluran said he was concerned that accidents may happen at the area due to the lack of street lights.

“Installation of street lights will be of great measure to prevent and avoid accidents from occurrence. As an individual and as a government entity, we should be more of a precautionary than be reactionary.

Last year, during the major land erosion at the CP Garcia Highway, vehicles clogged for more than three hours along the MacArthur Highway when the diversion road was closed to traffic.

Southbound vehicles, especially those headed towards places like Toril and Calinan, were stuck at the Bangkal-Diversion Road junction when the Ulas area was heavily congested in the absence of the bypass road.

Earlier, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said they were looking forward to the local government unit coordinating with the DLPC about the installation of the streetlights.

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