The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has started the first phase of the P1.3-billion Borongan City Bypass Road.
Citing a report from Easter Samar District Engineer Manolo Rojas, DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the amount of P100-million was initially allocated for the construction of the first 1.2-kilometers of the bypass road, stretching from Maypangdan village to Locsoon in Borongan City.
The 16-kilometer four-lane road project includes a drainage system that is designed with bicycle lanes on both sides and construction of three (2) multi-span bridges traversing Borongan, Loom, and Can-obing Rivers in Tacloban City.
“Poor road access is one of the primary reasons why some communities are left underdeveloped. Once the major road is completed, the economic development in Eastern Samar will speed up,” said Villar.
“This long-time vision will help the farmers from far-flung areas in the mobility of their products and eventually, the influence of the growth rate of the local economy and distribution of economic activity,” added Villar.
The Borongan City Bypass Road will serve as an alternate route and relieve traffic congestion in the city, reducing travel time to all motorists traveling from northern to the southern part of the province and vice versa.