Work has started on a P450-million bypass road in La Union province to speed up travel in Northern Luzon, the Department of Public Works and Highways said.
The DPWH said the bypass road stretches from Barangay Payocpoc in Bauang town in the south to Ili Norte in San Juan in the north.
“The primary purpose of the project is to ease traffic congestion from Bauang to San Fernando City and up to San Juan, vice-versa. It will also shorten the time of travel in these areas,” said Engineer Emil Ganaden, head of the DPWH 1st La Union engineering district.
Ganaden said the project includes a bridge in Bauang with an initial amount of P300 million, to be allotted to the portion of the 2nd District of La Union.
According to the DPWH, the bypass road is at least 22 kilometers long and four lanes wide, or at least 23.5 meters in width.
For the 1st District, an initial P150 million was earmarked for building a bridge along the creek in Ili Norte and 4-km road opening.
Ganaden said they expect to complete the project in 2022.
Once completed, the project will benefit the whole Ilocos region including travelers passing from San Juan to Bauang.
Meanwhile, the DPWH also allotted funds for families who will be displaced in areas traversed by the bypass road.