If you have travel plans to and from Cagayan de Oro towards the western area including Laguindingan Airport, you might want to add more time in your travel as daily traffic has started to build up particularly during rush hours along Route 9 (Butuan City-Cagayan de Oro City-Iligan City Road) or the National Highway specifically in Opol town where the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is constructing two major bridge projects.

The two major links now under construction are the new Opol Bridge (near the Opol Market) and the Buncalalan Bridge (near junction of National Highway and Opol-Bulua By-pass Road). Only one lane on each side is passable as the old 2-lane concrete bridges were closed for demolition. The new bridges had been elevated and expanded into 6 lanes of traffic on a 60-meter road-right-of way.

Motorists are advised to be extra patient and careful in negotiating the de-tour.

This is the Buncalalan Bridge section.

This is the Opol Bridge section.

Traffic build-up along the bridge approaches.

This is now in Luyong Bonbon in Opol.

all photos by Doc Jojo Bascug

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