Davao’s Diversion Road clearing operations pass 48-hour deadline

Oct. 08, 2017

 

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

Diversion Road will remain closed on Monday, October 9, 2017, because the portion of Shrine Hills where the landslide occured has not been declared safe for passage by the engineers due to the clearing operations.

Classes are not suspended.

The public is advised to leave for work and school earlier than usual, and plan travel schedules accordingly to avoid traffic inconvenience.

The next update will be on October 9 at 5pm.

Thank you.

Posted by City Government of Davao on Sunday, October 8, 2017

 

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Operations to clear the Diversion Road here from mud and debris flow due to a landslide that struck at dawn on Friday, October 6, have passed City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio’s 48-hour deadline.

The city government at 5pm Sunday released an advisory that the Diversion Road will remain closed on Monday, October 9, “because the portion of Shrine Hills where the landslide occured has not been declared safe for passage by the engineers due to the clearing operations.”

The city government also said classes are not suspended, instead students and employees are asked to travel earlier to avoid traffic congestion during peak hours.

Several officials here appealed for patience from commuters and motorists after massive traffic jams were experienced by thousands of commuters and motorists because of the road closure.

City Transportation and Traffic Management Officer Dionesio Abude said heavy traffic could still be felt until Sunday as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are still on the process of clearing out huge rocks and slope protection at the landslide area.

The city government advised motorists from north area going to downtown and south area to pass through Sasa to R. Castillo to Quimpo Boulevard to McArthur Highway.

“Trucks, buses, and other heavy vehicles are not allowed to use the CP Garcia/Maa to Matina Pangi roads because of the ongoing clearing operations. Only light vehicle are allowed to pass from CP Garcia/Maa then left turn to Shrine Hills and down to McArthur Highway,” the city government said in its advisory on Saturday.

Meanwhile, motorists from south area may take a right turn to crossing C.P. Garcia to Bangkal to McArthur to Quimpo Blvd to Leon Garcia as alternate routes.

Meanwhile, City Risk Reduction Management Office chief Emmanuel Jaldon also said authorities are doing their best to expedite the clearing operations.

“Be more patient because this is for the safety of the public,” Jaldon said.(davaotoday.com)

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