The dangerous road via Buda, at night
“Keep those cats’ eyes coming. ”
I’ve been telling myself that very early morning Wednesday as the bus I was taking back to Davao maneuvered the Bukidnon-Davao road (BuDa). We were negotiating through zero visibility courtesy of the fogs that covered the highway.
Five minutes through it and just before I could ask where were we in the 176 kilometer-highway, a Jollibee marker popped up in the scene saying “76 kilometers to Davao City.”
I have been praying about those cats’ eyes mounted in the middle of the road as reflectors. I believe it was the only one guiding the driver through the dark. The white paint on both sides of the highway was invisible, too, in at least a 15 to 20 kilometers stretch.
About 70 kilometers from (downtown) Davao City, a tremor woke me up from a nap. I realized the driver sped off the road stretch without knowing pavement was cut and there was an on going renovation. We (three other passengers near me) thought we fell off the ravine —between us and the deep dark unknown.
The cats’ eyes eclipse or were not mounted in some parts of the highway. The side guide lines (however you call it) also need re-coat. More directional signs are also needed. Probably, there should also be a highway patrol organized jointly by PNP/AFP, LTO, DPWH, City Government, and emergency assistance groups like Red Cross.
The driver said that wasn’t the worst yet. He had a more dangerous experience before.
Definitely, it is safer to travel on day time. That was the lesson there.
But I’m sure the Department of Public Works and Highways in Davao City (Southern Mindanao) can find a way to help motorists at night.
There are a hundred disasters waiting to happen in Buda. Hopefully, we are not just waiting to react before its too late.