The perspective of the PHP650-million vehicle underpass in General Santos City. (Image courtesy of DPWH Facebook page)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Work has begun for the construction of a PHP650-million vehicle underpass here, an official said Friday.

Department of Public Works and Highways–Bureau of Construction (DPWH-BOC) Engr. Kay-Ar Bantayan said the undertaking will involve the tunnel connection of the Mabuhay-Bulaong Road and Digos–Makar Road Junction.

“The project is one of the first mega infrastructures of the DPWH-Central Office in the Soccsksargen Region,” Bantayan said, adding that the initiative is part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Build, Build, Build” program.

Bantayan said the vehicle underpass is envisioned to decongest heavy traffic and make the transit of pedestrians faster, safer, and more efficient.

The project covers 740 linear meters in length with a 560-linear meter underpass tunnel, alongside a 3-4.5-meter-wide bike lane.

Bantayan said motorists should expect heavy traffic along the project site.

On June 20, the City Council passed a resolution ordering the temporary closure of a portion of the passageways in the area. The inner six lanes of Digos–Makar Road will also be closed to traffic. (PNA)