TRAVELING to Bacolod-Silay Airport is now faster and more comfortable with the improved and widened access road implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Negros Occidental 1st District Engineering Office.
District Engineer Jaime SJ Javellana said the project, amounting to P144.743 million, involved widening of both sides of the 4.013-kilometer access road going to Bacolod-Silay Airport road with an average of 3.5 meters including embankment protection, sprigging, concrete paving blocks and widening of existing cross drainage.
“This widened road provides a shorter alternate access route going form Bacolod City to Bacolod-Silay Airport in Silay City, and vice versa,” he said.
Javellana also said that this access significantly decongest traffic along Bacolod North Road, which is a primary/arterial road, hence decongesting traffic in Bacolod City.
“The access road serves as a main thoroughfare, providing access for farm products to the market, especially the hauling of sugarcane from farm-to-mill and serves as entry point to several tourist destinations without experiencing inconvenience due to delay brought by traffic,” Javellana stressed.
The improvement of this road also benefits the local community in terms of easy access to the market, airport, schools and health facilities, and generating savings in fuel cost among motorists.
Other than widening of Bacolod-Silay Airport Road, the District Office has completed the construction of Farm-to-Mill road in Brgy. San Fernando, Talisay City, Negros Occidental.
The project, in the amount of P14.743 million, involves concreting of 1.702-lane kilometer, 5-meter wide Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) road including excavation, embankment, clearing and grubbing.
The project has improved the mobility of people, goods and services and connected farms and coastal areas to the main roads, promoting agro-tourism development in the area.
In addition, the District has completed the concreting of access road leading to Imbang-San Fernando-Bayusan-Tambara Road in Brgy. San Fernando, in convergence with the Department of Tourism (DOT), through its Tourism Road Infrastructure Project (TRIP).
The project, costing P46.327 million, involves concreting of 3.16-lane kilometer, 6.10-meter wide Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) including excavation, embankment, pavement markings and roadside drainage (grouted riprap).
With the concreting of this road, the public now enjoys a better riding comfort, lesser travel time and lesser maintenance cost for vehicles./PN