Davao City is expected to be traffic-free when the Coastal Bypass Road that stretches from Matina Aplaya to Sta. Ana Wharf is established. This is a project of the Department of Public Works and Highways to declog the main thoroughfares of the city. Initial ground work of the project is the road alignment throughout the 8.2-kilometer stretch. This already includes the notice given to businesses and residential establishments that will be affected by the massive road construction. For those qualified for relocation, the city has already informed the residents for the possible relocation sites. Expectedly, there is a number of establishments that will be affected by the project, however, they have to disperse as the road construction is also for the benefit of the majority and not only for a few.
People hate traffic, this is one problem that causes many other problems such as accidents. It could also affect the flow of businesses, government, family and individual’s day to day operations. Generally, people and businesses suffer low production due to traffic problems. Considering the growing traffic problem of the city, the national and city government both see the need to construct an alternate route to solve the traffic mess and that is through utilizing the coastal areas. The project is huge at P46 billion of which the initial P1.98 billion will be used for the first segment of the project. Though it would still be a long way to go before the project is fully completed by 2022 when the term of President Duterte ends, the public has a significant and beneficial project to look forward to.
When there are big constructions such as this kind of road project, it is but normal for the road users to face a lot of inconveniences. It is expected construction works will cause traffic anew due to the implementation of road re-routings. Since the project is for the good of the general public, people must extend extra patience to these consequential hassles which are just for the time being until the project is finished. Certainly, not all people could understand the problems arising from road projects as they tend to get easily irritated and full of complaints. These people should realize, when the project is finished, they are among the tens of thousands who will benefit from the significance of the road network. In an overwhelmingly growing city, cooperation is most needed from the public to huge developments such as road constructions. Thus, patience is one simple help which the public must extend to government to help solve the tremendous traffic problem.