85% of Boracay road revamp finished, says DPWH’s Villar

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BORACAY ISLAND – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is assuring the public that the current road upgrading efforts for the circumferential road of this island destination is nearing completion.

DPWH secretary Mark Villar revisited Boracay this week to inspect the circumferential road, explaining that construction has largely been delayed due to the recent series of inclement weather.

With the start of the six-month Boracay closure in April, the DPWH began its road upgrading of the 4.1-kilometer circumferential road. Another 3.5 kilometers in new circumferential roads are expected to be paved next year.

“Currently, we already have finished 85 percent of road upgrading including the sidewalk,” Villar told reporters.

DPWH has also constructed a 204-meter reinforced concrete pipe culvert, to fill a missing gap in the island’s drainage facility. It will have five catchment basins, a 22-meter cross drain, and 130-meter cut-off wall for installation of curb and gutter.

Other improvement activities in Boracay include the clearing of illegally placed structures and the construction of a road network leading to and along Bulabog Beach./PN


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