The Puerto-Alae section of Sayre Highway will soon have additional lanes. This after some P86 million has been allocated for this project as part of the P1.3 trillion 2010 national budget approved by Congress recently.

This was disclosed by Cagayan de Oro 2nd district Rep. Rufus Rodriguez as published in local newspapers.

The supposed 6-lane National Highway is the major road linking Northern and Southern Mindanao passing through the vast Bukidnon Plateau. Hundreds of vehicles and truckloads of products such as pineapple, banana, tomato, sugar, rice, vegetables, livestock and many others use this vital road almost everyday.

With Bukidnon booming in rapid expansion of plantations, and with the volume of vehicular traffic ever increasing, expansion of Sayre Highway is  inevitable.

The need for Mindanao to supply farm products to Luzon and Visayas also significantly increased owing to the devastation made by typhoons on the food baskets in Luzon and Visayas.

MAIN PHOTO above shows Sayre Highway at Alae proper, a major crossing between Manolo Fortich and Cagayan de Oro. Note very wide portion still unpaved (equivalent to 2 lanes). Also note the road signs on the right showing the exact edge (right-of-way) of the highway.

Photo below shows Damilag Road near Alae Junction. This road leads to Camp Philips of Del Monte Phils. At the end of this road is Dahilayan Adventure Park. In the foreground is Sayre Highway.

The marker by DPWH.

Because of the election ban, I believe this project will have to wait come May 2010. But still I’m hoping this will eventually proceed regardless of the outcome of the elections….besides, it has a budget already.

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