An 8.72-kilometer section of the Bauang-San Fernando-San Juan Bypass Road in La Union is now open to motorists.
It became accessible Friday, Oct. 1. following its inauguration led by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The newly-opened section starts on Jct San Fernando-Bagulin Road in Camansi, San Fernando to Jct Manila North Road (MNR) in Taboc, San Juan.
“Motorists can now use the 8.72-kilometer San Fernando-San Juan Section of the Bauang-San Fernando-San Juan Bypass Road. This completed segment traversing rice fields will be helpful to the locals, especially famers in the area,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in a ceremonial drive-thru along the newly-constructed road section.
The construction of the road section covers road opening, portland cement concrete paving, drainage, shoulder, slope protection works, provisions of pavement markings, and installation of signage.
It also includes the construction of a four-lane Talogtog Bridge and approaches with a length of 46.70 lineal meters and Abut Bridge with a length of 21.20 lineal meters.
About 32,000 motorists are expected to ply the road every day. It is also projected to reduce travel time from 30 minutes to only 15 minutes, decongesting MNR along San Fernando City and San Juan.
Envisioned as a 22.190-kilometer bypass road, the Bauang-San Fernando-San Juan Bypass Road will cost about P1.57 billion.
Villar said the DPWH has so far allocated a total of P810 million for the project. Remaining civil works involve the construction of portions in San Juan and Bauang.
The required P764 million funding to complete the project will be proposed from 2023 to 2025 to cover the construction and opening of remaining segments in San Fernando City.