DPWH builds 10-km upland road to scenic falls in La Union

Published October 30, 2020, 3:47 PM

by Betheena Unite

A 10-kilometer scenic highland road in La Union is now being constructed to turn a five-hour hike into a 15-minute drive, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Friday.


The 10-kilometer upland road is being implemented to improve the existing narrow road into a two-lane concrete road covering the Barangays of Poblacion, Puguil, and Tubaday in Santol town, La Union.

Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said that compared to the old road, which has only 2.5 meters of roadway width and steep slopes with road cuts, the new road will have 6.7 meters of roadway width and less slope, reducing the five-hour hike to only a 15-minute drive.

“More livelihood opportunities await locals as a wider road will not just improve delivery of goods and services but also lift the tourism industry in the area as the road leads to Simminublan Falls – one of Santol town’s place of interest,” the secretary said.

“Once the road is complete, the road could also be one of the most scenic driving routes in Ilocos Region,” he added.

It has so far received an allocation of P490 million since 2018, Villar said, stressing that “it is now attracting sightseers who wish to have a glimpse of picturesque mountain landscapes from the highland barangays of Santol, La Union Province.”