The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is currently implementing the road widening project along intermittent sections of the Iloilo-Antique Road located in the towns of Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao, and San Joaquin, province of Iloilo.
According to DPWH-Iloilo First District Engineer Nonie A. Viyar, the amount of P87.045-million will be utilized for the widening from two (2) lanes to four (4) lanes road the 2.549-kilometer segment of the Iloilo-Antique Road.
“People from Southern Iloilo and a large number of motoring public from the province of Antique going to Iloilo will benefit from this project,” said Engineer Viyar.
The road widening project covers the following areas: Barangay Trapiche in the town of Oton; Barangay Tupan in Tigbauan; Barangay Nanga in Guimbal; Barangay Kirayan in Miagao; and Barangay Tapikan in San Joaquin.
Meanwhile, DPWH advises motorists and commuters to be patient as the project might cause slow movement of vehicles particularly in the construction areas. The contractor has been instructed to ensure that project sites are manned by traffic aides and warning signs are installed at visible distances.
The widening of Iloilo-Antique Road project also involves clearing and grubbing; removal of trees within road right of way and upon clearance with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), obstruction, and other illegal structures; excavation, embankment, and subgrade preparation; and construction of drainage and slope protection.