ILOILO City – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Iloilo First District Engineering Office is currently implementing the widening of various sections along Iloilo-Antique Road, hence, motorists and traveling public are advised to be more understanding for the inconvenience these road works may bring.
District Engineer Nonie A. Viyar said they are undertaking the widening from two lanes to four lanes of intermittent sections along Iloilo-Antique Road, in the towns of Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao and San Joaquin in the southern part of Iloilo province.
Said project, with the total amount of P87.045 million, includes widening of road with the total length of 2.549 kilometers in Brgy. Trapiche in Oton, Brgy. Tupan in Tigbauan, Brgy. Nanga in Guimbal, Brgy. Kirayan in Miagao and Brgy. Tapikan in San Joaquin. It is expected to complete the project on July next year, given favorable weather condition.
The project involves earthworks to include clearing and grubbing, removal of trees in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), removal of obstruction/illegal structures, excavation, embankment and subgrade preparation; concreting of two more lanes (one lane at both sides of the existing two-lane, two-way road) with Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP); construction of drainage and slope protection.
Viyar said that in order not to cause too much traffic while the widening is ongoing, they have instructed the contractor to ensure that project sites are manned by their traffic aides; directional and warning signs should be installed and visible to the motorists.
Viyar also said the realization of this project will benefit not only the people of the First District of Iloilo but also the riding public from the province of Antique going to Iloilo City, vice versa.
“Travel time will be reduced significantly by about thirty (30) minutes. Products and commodities will be transported easier and faster from Iloilo City to Antique province and vice versa,” she added./PN