Bypass road under construction in Iloilo to ease traffic

AN aerial view of the 2.2-kilometer bypass road in Barotac Viejo town, Iloilo province under construction. (DPWH-6)

ILOILO CITY – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to complete a new bypass road in northern Iloilo province by 2025.

DPWH-6 Director Nerie Bueno said the 2.2-kilometer bypass road in Barotac Viejo town is designed to reduce travel time going to various municipalities in northern Iloilo and the neighboring province of Capiz.

Implemented by the DPWH Iloilo 3rd District Engineering Office, construction started in 2021.

The project includes involves construction of portland concrete cement pavement (PCCP) road, cross drainage, grouted riprap, and stone masonry with provision of guard rails and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings.

“Once completed, it will serve as an alternate route between the barangays of Natividad and San Roque, decongesting heavy traffic along the town proper and reducing travel time by about 10 minutes,” noted Bueno.

“The new two-lane bypass road will also spur socio-economic development in northern Iloilo as it ensures faster delivery of both agricultural and marine products to the market, benefitting farmers and fisherfolks,” added Bueno.