DPWH to open Tacloban bypass road in Q3 2019

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Tacloban bypass

THE Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said a bypass road in Tacloban City is now expected to open in August 2019, after delays to its original completion date of April 2017.

In a statement on Wednesday, the DPWH said the P1.183-billion project is in the last two phases of construction.

“Construction works for the four-lane road implemented in the first three phases has been completed last year while the fourth and fifth phases are up for completion in August 2019,” it said.

The 8.23-kilometer road is expected to benefit some 1,000 motorists a day by cutting travel time along the Maharlika Highway to 30 minutes from 90.

“The project will improve the accessibility of the road network and increase the development potential of the region,” it said.

Last year, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said the Tacloban bypass road “will ease traffic congestion of the city proper and will provide an alternate route traversing Barangays Abucay, Apitong and Caibaan.” — Denise A. Valdez