Tacloban City Bypass Road Extension project now in full swing

DPWH Regional Office VIII reports that the Php 12.8 billion bypass road project, which provides an alternate route for Tacloban-Babatngon Road motorists, is now in full swing. Photo: DPWH-8/Facebook

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office VIII reports that the Php 12.8 billion bypass road project, which provides an alternate route for motorists traversing the Tacloban-Babatngon Road, is now in full swing.

According to DPWH 8 Regional Director Allan Borromeo, the Tacloban City Bypass Road Extension project is now 84.69 percent complete based on the total released funds, which is 11.28 percent higher than the target completion rate.

“A total of Php 12.8 billion is needed to fully complete the whole stretch of the bypass road, of which, Php 1.498 billion has already been funded from 2018-2022,” he added. 

Posted by Department of Public Works and Highways Region VIII on Monday, August 8, 2022

The project includes the construction of a 6-lane roadway with a total length of 33.00 kilometers, a drainage structure, a road slope protection structure, and two (2) permanent bridges.

The DPWH 8 is currently building a 1.040-kilometer concrete road and a 13,859-square-kilometer slope protection structure. The remainder of the bypass road project is scheduled to begin in 2023.

"Once completed, the project is expected to decongest traffic along the Tacloban-Babatngon Road leading to Tacloban City Proper, reducing travel time from 12 hours to 45 minutes," Borromeo said. "It will also complement the proposed international seaport that will be built in the town of Babatngon, Leyte."

RD Borromeo also stated that, in addition to reducing travel time, the Tacloban City Bypass Road Extension, as one of the high-impact projects of DPWH R8, will benefit the Eastern Visayas economy through increased mobility of people, goods, and services.

Diversion roads not only provide alternate routes to relieve traffic congestion in congested areas but are also perceived to improve the economic status of underdeveloped communities served by these infrastructures.  —iTacloban (Source: DWPH-8)
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