Together with six (6) crucial projects that will greatly help facilitate and fast-track the needed infrastructure-support of the economy, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, during its meeting chaired by President Benigno S. Aquino III, approved the Laoag City by-pass road project.
Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan said the approved projects aim to improve the level and standards of service in the water, health, and transport sectors as called for in the Updated Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 towards achieving inclusive growth.
The Regional Development Council, Region 1 vigorously supported this development effort by endorsing the project to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Central Office through RDC ExCom resolution No. 2, s.2013.
The project involves the construction of a Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) two-lane road with a right of way (ROW) of 30-meters. It also engross the construction of a 3.11 kilometer PCCP road including a 735.0 lineal meter Steel Girder Type Bridge that crosses the Laoag-Padsan River, and end at the Gomburza Road intersection (Phase 1) and construction of a 4.87 kilometer PCCP road (Phase 2). This project with a total cost of P1.19 billion is expected to provide an alternate route to those traversing the city’s Central Business District.
Further, the project which is located west of the city proper, commencing at the junction of the Laoag Airport Road and the Laoag-Paoay Road and ends at Barangay Barit along the Laoag-Allacapan road.
Overall, the construction of the bypass road supports the thrust of the region of providing adequate and reliable transport infrastructure to sustain the region’s agricultural, industrial and tourism effort as contained in the 2011-2016 Updated Regional Development Plan. The completion of the project will enhance the movement of people, goods and services not only within the city proper but within Ilocos Norte and the rest of Region 1. (Credit: RDC Region 1)