ILOILO CITY (PIA) - - Once completed, the Barotac Viejo By-pass Road will help ease traffic congestion and reduce travel time going to northern Iloilo.
According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 6, the travel time to various towns in northern Iloilo and to the neighboring province of Capiz will soon be reduced by about 10 minutes when the construction of Barotac Viejo By-pass Road is completed.
The by-pass road, which is undertaken by DPWH-Iloilo 3rd Engineering District, is a multi-year project which started in 2021 and is expected to be completed and fully operational in 2025.
As reported by District Engineer Ricardo R. Gutierrez, DPWH 6 Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno said that the roughly 2.2-kilometer by-pass road has a total funding requirement of ₱770 million.
“An initial amount of ₱48.5 million funded under FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) was released to the District to jumpstart the construction. This year, an additional ₱100 million funded under FY 2022 GAA was approved to continue the implementation,” Bueno said.
She added that “Given favorable weather conditions and available budget, we are hopeful that this by-pass road will be fully utilized by our motorists and the riding public.”
She also explained that once completed, this by-pass road will serve as a diversion road to decongest heavy traffic along the town proper of Barotac Viejo. This will also serve as alternate connectors between the barangays of Natividad and San Roque, reducing travel time by about 10 minutes.
“More significantly, this new road will ensure faster delivery of both agricultural and marine products to the market, providing more income among our farmers and fisherfolks. This will likewise provide shorter travel to various towns and tourist destinations in the northern tip of Iloilo province,” Bueno said.
Meanwhile, Gutierrez said the project involves construction of Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) road, cross drainage, grouted riprap and stone masonry.
“We also include provision of guard rails and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings to ensure safety of our motorists especially at night and during the rainy season,” Gutierrez said.
Facing Guimaras and Negros islands, Barotac Viejo highly contributes to socio-economic development in northern Iloilo. Hence, the construction of this by-pass road is a vital contribution of the DPWH as it continues to provide quality infrastructure facilities and services to improve the life of every Filipino. (JBG/DPWH6/laf/PIA6-Iloilo)