Going north means 30 minutes more travel time — DPWH

November 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo

URDANETA CITY – Motorists going to Baguio City will have to endure an extra 30 minutes on the road because of road construction along the highways in this city and in Sison town.
Engineer Emmanuel Diaz, officer in charge of the Department of Public Works and Highways district office in Rosales, said while traffic has “more or less stabilized,” as compared to the past weeks, it would really slow down during the holidays because of expected large number of vehicles.
The DPWH has coordinated with the chiefs of police and peace and order offices of the local government units to help smoothen the traffic, and has put up advisories on alternate routes in case of heavy traffic build up in Urdaneta City, he said.
Motorists going to Baguio City and north provinces and back may pass through the Magilas Trail, the highway that passes through Carmen, Rosales-Sta Maria- Asingan and back to the national highway in Binalonan. The route, while longer, could mean a faster travel.
The DPWH earlier blamed the rains for the delay in the road construction of the portion along the national road traversing the city and town.
The Urdaneta project covers two portions – asphalt overlay in Anonas ( 1.8 kilometers) and concreting in Nancayasan ( 1.6 kilometers) with 500 meters still to be completed. The Sison project covers two kilometers, with only 500 meters completed .
“The motorists may be delayed by 15 minutes in Urdaneta and another 15 minutes in Sison,” Diaz said.
The highway along Urdaneta has four lanes but only two lanes are open because of the construction while in Sison, only one lane is passable.
Diaz said the Urdaneta project, started last July 18, is expected to be completed by December 30. The contract period for the project is until March 3, 2012 and itt used to be delayed by -5%. But now it is advance by 2-3%, he said.
Meantime, the asphalt overlay in Villasis town has been completed, he said.
The construction project Urdaneta has caused heavy traffic in the past months, especially during the time when only one lane was open.
Urdaneta City Administrator Ronald San Juan said the problem was “worst” during the four-day break last August when many were motoring to Baguio City.
An irate Mayor Amadeo Perez IV called up the DPWH, telling them to fast tract the project.
“The heavy traffic irritates the people. It could affect the economy because traders may be discouraged to come. That would have a big effect on the city because we have the livestock and bagsakan (wholesale) markets,” he said.

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