Several portions of the Iloilo-Antique Road are being widened for faster travel and transport of goods.
Engineer Nonie A. Viyar, head of the Department of Public Works and Highways’ (DPWH) office in the First District of Iloilo, said they are undertaking the widening of 2.549 kilometers of the national road in barangays Trapiche in Oton, Tupan in Tigbauan, Nanga in Guimbal, Kirayan in Miagao, and Tapikan in San Joaquin.
The project involves earthworks to include clearing and grubbing, removal of trees in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), obstruction and other illegal structures; excavation, embankment and subgrade preparation; concreting of two more lanes (one lane at both sides of the existing two-lane, two-way road) with Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP); and construction of drainage and slope protection.
According to Viyar, the P87.045-million project, which is expected to be finished in July next year, will benefit not only the people of the province’s First District but also the riding public from the province of Antique going to Iloilo City, vice versa.
“Travel time will be reduced significantly by about thirty minutes. Products and commodities will be transported easier and faster from the city to Antique province and vice versa,” she said.
Meanwhile, the district engineer appealed for more patience and understanding from motorists and the traveling public.
To avoid traffic jams amid the widening works, Viyar said they instructed the contractor to ensure that project sites are manned by traffic aides and directional and warning signs are installed and visible to the motorists.IMT