The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently-concreted 1.55 kilometer portion of a bypass road project that will shorten route between the municipality of Lagawe and Lamut in Ifugao Province.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said that the phase 1 covering P48.1 million road construction and improvement project in Barangay Tungngod, Lagawe section was recently completed by the DPWH Ifugao 1st District Engineering Office.
The completed project which involves the construction of a 2-lane concrete road with provisions of drainage, slope protection, and road safety devices is part of a multiyear bypass road project that will reduce travel time between Lagawe and Lamut by traversing the mountainous slopes from Barangay Tungngod, Caba, Luta, Ponghal, Buyabuyan, Olilicon, and Tupaya, in Lagawe town, all the way to Barangay Hapid, Sanafe and Poblacion East in the municipality of Lamut.
When fully completed, the bypass road project is seen to support agriculture of Ifugao, by providing safer, faster route of rice farmers to bagsakan centers, considering that the province is one of the rice bowls of the Cordilleras.
According to Senior Undersecretary for Luzon Operations Rafael C. Yabut, Lagawe-Lamut Bypass Road will also serve as alternate route when Nueva Vizcaya-Ifugao-Mt. Province Road is unpassable during road closures.