By Philippine News Agency
The construction of the P300-million, 3-kilometer initial portion of the New Bacolod Economic Highway (BEH) road project here started on Friday.
Leah Jamero, assistant district engineer of Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod Engineering District, said the project will involve a four-lane road from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug.
The groundbreaking rites for road project, which is also part of the first phase of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road II, was led by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in February this year.
The civil works contract of P164.799 million was awarded to IBC-International Builders Corp. The project is expected to be completed by May 20, 2018.
Spanning three kilometers from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug, the road project is part of the 21-kilometer BEH amounting to P4.8-billion.
The 21-kilometer BEH will cover areas across Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, and Bata.
Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya said Secretary Villar has committed that the DPWH would finish the entire BEH project in three years.
He added that once the 21-kilometer highway would be fully developed, the city would organize the Bacolod Marathon like those being held in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo. “We will also have a Bacolod Marathon in the future. For sure, hundreds or even thousands of visitors, will come here,” Leonardia said.