Motorists have now started to take Route 955 or the Gingoog-Claveria-Villanueva Road in Misamis Oriental as a means of cutting travel time between Cagayan de Oro City and Gingoog City as well as Butuan City.
The more or less 60-kilometer 2-lane stretch is now completely paved with only a few minor road works in some portions. Travel time between CDO and Gingoog usually takes around 2 hours and 30 minutes. The route was actually opened in 2014 but with several stretches of unpaved roads until its completion now. According to recent travelers, taking Route 955 cuts travel time by an hour on the average.
The route allows travelers to have a magnificent view of the Balatukan Mountain Range, which is the highest in the province and a stop over at the Flight 387 Memorial Marker.
Mt. Balatukan is seen in the background.
Less traffic and with cooler temperatures, Route 955 will surely spur economic activity in this part of the province.
Motorists however advise to take Route 955 at daytime due to absence of street lights. Much of the route is also uninhabited and sparsely populated.