Department of Public Works and Highways-Southern Leyte District Engineering Office (DPWH-SLDEO) hastens the improvement of saddle road in Southern Leyte – the most accident-prone road section in the region.
The 48 million road alignment concreting project includes the construction of a four-lane road from the 1.6-kilometer critical sections through the construction of slope protection works, installation of line canal and metal guardrails, and road concreting activities to allow safe transportation and prevent accidents in the area.
The saddle road is within the boundary of Son-ok and Manglit villages in Pintuyan town, forms part of Liloan-San Ricardo Road, and leads to Benit port, which is one of the major exit points to Mindanao from Visayas.
District Engineer Ma. Margarita C. Junia is optimistic that the project will be completed within the year.
Reports from the local police revealed four casualties and 20 injuries in the road section from 2010-2014.