Locals and tourists will soon experience a faster and seamless travel in Pangasinan as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) aims to complete the construction of a new by-pass road for Urdaneta City in 2019.
In his report to DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar, DPWH Region I Director Ronnel M. Tan said that with a total budget allotment of P1.6-billion, the project is divided into six (6) phases covering the construction of a four (4) lane road measuring a total of 7.2 kilometers and four (4) bridges namely: Macalong Bridge measuring 36.3 lineal meters; Mitura Bridge 1 and 2 that measures a total of 102.4 lineal meters; and Camantilles Bridge measuring 60.9 lineal meters.
The project also involves the construction of reinforced concrete box culvert, drainage and slope protection, and installation of right of way monuments, metal guardrails, and reflectorized thermoplastic pavement markings.
The Urdaneta By-Pass Road is seen to relieve traffic congestion in the city proper where most government and business centers are located.
“More than the faster transport of goods and services from Urdaneta City proper to barangays, the by-pass road would also attract various business establishments that would generate more livelihood opportunities and help increase economic growth in the province,” Director Tan said.
Strategically located in the central part of eastern Pangasinan, the by-pass road will pass through eight (8) barangays namely: Nancayasan, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Lucia, Nancamaliran East, Mabanogbog, San Vicente, Camantiles, and Anonas.
Four (4) inter-regional road system will also be connected to the Urdaneta City By-Pass Road namely: Manila North Road (MNR); Urdaneta-Dagupan Road, Urdaneta-Manaoag Road, and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
Once completed, travel from the town of Villasis to Binalonan which usually lasts for an hour traversing Maharlika Highway will be reduced by 50% through the new Urdaneta By-pass Road.