Updated 18:06 PM PHT Fri, April 14, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 14) — An alternate route to the Manila North Road in Urdaneta City, Pangasinan will open before the year ends to ease traffic congestion, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said the project costing P1.6 billion will be an alternative route to the existing Manila North Road, Urdaneta-Dagupan Road, Urdaneta-Manaoag Road, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La-Union Expressway (TPLEX), which will make traveling more convenient for motorists going to and from Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.
DPWH also said there will be no charges in accessing this road.
The 7.2-kilometer long Urdaneta Western Bypass Road, which will traverse eight barangays, will have three new bridges and additional 4-kilometer of concrete road with drainage structures.
DILG said the fourth phase of the project, which covers the paving of a 4.8-kilmeter road with drainage structures, is now 25 percent completed.
The DPWH intends to start in 2018 the proposed Phases 5 and 6 covering the construction dome-type drainage along the Urdaneta Bypass Road, a new bridge, and a transition road.