Silay-Lantawan Road widened to increase traffic capacity: DPWH 

The widened Silay-Lantawan Road.*DPWH photo 

More motorists going to various destinations in Silay City in Negros Occidental can now be accommodated with the widened Silay-Lantawan Road, delivered by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). 

DPWH Regional Director Sanny Boy O. Oropel said the widened road will facilitate mobility for people and goods. 

Roadway widening can increase the capacity of a traffic corridor by adding lanes for vehicles.  This improvement has a positive economic and social development impact, he said in a DPWH 6 post on its Facebook page on Monday, July 8.

“The widened road will facilitate an increased traffic capacity, provide a more convenient travel, reduce travel time from one point to another, and ensure cost-efficient delivery of products from farms to the market,” Oropel said. 

“This road improvement will significantly improve tourism development in the province,” Oropel added. 

Undertaken by DPWH Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office, the P14 million project involves widening from 2 to 4 lanes of the 374-lane meter portion of Silay-Lantawan Road, which is an entry point to several destinations in the province. 

OIC-District Engineer Dene B. Baldonado Jr. said widening the road section will benefit local community and motorists and road users, as well as tourists plying along the highway.

“The conversion of this road segment from 2 to 4 lanes will improve the road segment’s capacity in terms of traffic density and provide safer lanes for the slower moving vehicles,” Baldonado said. 

Baldonado said widening the lanes on a bend can reduce the risk of head-on crashes by giving drivers more room to get around the bend without crossing into the opposing lane.* 

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