Urdaneta by-pass road set to open in 2019

URDANETA CITY—The new by-pass road in this city is expected to be completed in 2019 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to give local residents and tourists “a faster and seamless travel in and through Pangasinan,” DPWH Region I Director Ronnel Tan has disclosed.

The project, which has a total budget allotment of P1.6-billion, is divided into six phases covering the construction of a four-lane, 7.2-kilometer road and four bridges: Macalong Bridge, Mitura Bridge 1 and 2 and Camantilles Bridge.

The Urdaneta by-pass road is seen to relieve traffic congestion in the city proper where most government and business offices are located.

“More than the faster transport of goods and services from Urdaneta City proper to barangays, the by-pass road will also attract various business establishments that will generate more livelihood opportunities and help increase economic growth in the province,” Tan said.

Strategically located in the central part of eastern Pangasinan, the by-pass road will pass through eight barangays, namely: Nancayasan, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Lucia, Nancamaliran East, Mabanogbog, San Vicente, Camantiles and Anonas.

Four inter-regional road system will also be connected to the Urdaneta City By-Pass Road namely: Manila North Road, Urdaneta-Dagupan Road, Urdaneta-Manaoag Road and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

Once completed, travel from the town of Villasis to Binalonan which usually lasts for an hour traversing Maharlika Highway will be down to 30 minutes.  (Eva Visperas)

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