Contractor urged to expedite road rehab

By Glazyl Y. Masculino and Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD CITY – Mayor Alfredo “Albee” Benitez has called on the contractor of the ongoing road construction on Cabug-Handumanan Road to complete the project before the end of the year.

The request follows numerous complaints from motorists regarding traffic congestion and other inconveniences.

Benitez’s spokesperson, lawyer Caesar Distrito, conveyed the mayor’s plea for public understanding, emphasizing that the current difficulties are temporary and that the long-term result will be smoother and more convenient travel for all.

“The construction or improvement and rehabilitation of Cabug-Handumanan Road spans 1.3 kilometers and commenced on April 5, 2024,” Distrito stated.

“The project also includes the concreting of drainage with manholes, expected to be completed within 90 days, weather permitting.”

Distrito acknowledged the longstanding frustration among residents, motorists, and commuters over the road’s condition, which has led to it being derisively nicknamed “abortion road,” “ocean road,” and “accident-prone road.”

“Mayor Benitez is aware of complaints regarding the slow progress of the project, inadequate equipment, muddy access roads, and severe traffic jams due to several one-way sections,” Distrito added.

“He has asked the contractor to strive to finish the work ahead of the September 2025 deadline.”

The contractor cited heavy traffic as a significant factor impeding the movement of equipment.

Currently, the site has two backhoes, one grader, one road roller, and several dump trucks.

To mitigate traffic issues, Benitez has instructed the Bacolod Traffic Authority Office (BTAO) to deploy personnel to manage congestion.

Distrito assured the public that all concerned agencies are addressing the situation to minimize inconvenience.

As of now, approximately 20% of the project is completed.