The construction of a new alternate road in Laoag City will spur more development opportunities for the northern towns of Ilocos Norte.
Secretary Rogelio L. Singson said that the on-going construction of Laoag City By-Pass Road when completed will reduce travel time of motorists especially tourists exploring scenic places of the northern Ilocos Region.
Laoag By-Pass Road will serve as a short cut road to the municipalities of Bacarra, Pasuquin, Burgos, Bangui towards the town of Pagudpud by-passing the Manila North Road. It will also improve travel to famous tourist spots in Ilocos Norte such as the old Bacarra church, Cape Bojeador (old lighthouse) and Kapurpurawan rock formation in Burgos, the Bangui windmills, the Patapat viaduct and the scenic white beach resorts in Pasuquin and Pagudpud, said Secretary Singson.
Secretary Singson added that the road project will also serve as a connector to the existing secondary road in the towns of Curimao and Paoay.
Phase 3 of the project which was recently inspected by Secretary Singson involves the portland concrete cement paving of road and construction of two (2) span Casili Bridge which is 21 lineal meters in length and reinforced concrete deck girder in type resting on bored piles foundation.
Costing P353.463 Million, Phase 3 has an accomplishment of 97% and is expected to be completed soon especially with the road-right-of-way already resolved particularly on relocation of utilities and structures as reported by DPWH Region 1 Director Melanio C. Briosos.
Under Phase 4 is the construction of 10 spans 55 lineal meter steel girder bridge and 21 spans 12 lineal meters flat slab concrete bridge with a contract amount of P616.549 Million which has an accomplishment of 22% since it was started November 2015 and set for full completion by October 2018.