By Betheena Unite
The widening of some sections of the Iloilo-Antique Road that passes through five towns in the province Iloilo is already underway, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is appealing to the public to be more patient.
The agency said it was already implementing the road widening project along intermittent sections of the Iloilo-Antique Road located in the towns of Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, Miagao, and San Joaquin.
A total of P87.045 million will be spent to finish the project, according to DPWH-Iloilo First District Engineer Nonie Viyar.
From two lanes, the 2.5-kilometer road section will be built into a four-lane road.
“People from Southern Iloilo and a large number of motoring public from the province of Antique going to Iloilo will benefit from this project,” Viyar said.
The road widening project covers the areas of Barangay Trapiche in the town of Oton; Barangay Tupan in Tigbauan; Barangay Nanga in Guimbal; Barangay Kirayan in Miagao; and Barangay Tapikan in San Joaquin.
The agency called on to motorists and commuters to be patient as the project might cause slow movement of vehicles, particularly in the construction areas.
The contractor has been instructed to ensure that project sites are manned by traffic aides and warning signs are installed at visible distances, Viyar said.
The DPWH, however, did not mention the project’s target completion.
The widening of Iloilo-Antique Road project also involves clearing and grubbing; removal of trees within road right of way and upon clearance with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, obstruction, and other illegal structures; excavation, embankment, and subgrade preparation; and construction of drainage and slope protectio, Viyar added.