ILOILO CITY – Travel to northern Iloilo province as well as to neighboring Capiz and Aklan provinces are now easier after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH Region 6) completed a P136-million road project in Barotac Nuevo town.
“This by-pass road will decongest traffic in Barotac Nuevo town proper. Hence, it would facilitate faster and more comfortable travel,” said DPWH-6 Regional Director Lea N. Delfinado.
The 1.75-kilometer by-pass road in Barotac Nuevo can be an alternate route for 2,500 motorists travelling daily. It means vehicles do not have to pass by the town proper of Barotac Nuevo, where there’s always heavy traffic.
As part of the Iloilo-Capiz East Coast-Capiz Road, the DPWH Region 6 started the by-pass road project in 2017 with an initial budget of P116.698 million. It had to construct a new road opening, which consisted of four lanes and had a length of 6.70 meters on both sides.
The DPWH-Iloilo 2nd District Engineering Office (DPWH-Iloilo 2nd DEO) completed the project with an additional allocation of P19.598 million. It had to concrete the four-lane and 13.4-meter wide road with 1.5-meter paved shoulders and slope protection structures.