By Betheena Unite
A trending destination in a municipality in Nueva Vizcaya, where a “sea of clouds” viewing spot can be found, is expected to be more accessible as the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has been paving the road leading to the destination.
The paving of the two-kilometer Junction National Road-Bitnong-Belance Nueva Vizcaya Boundary Road in Dupax del Norte, Nueva Vizcaya is now 93 percent completed, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar said.
“Very soon, the entire two kilometers of this road will be paved and visitors will no longer have to trek or pass bumpy narrow roads just to witness this wonderful cloud formation display in Dupax del Norte,” the secretary said.
“With the completion of this access road project this year, we expect the influx of tourists that will provide additional income opportunities for locals in the area.”
According to DPWH Nueva Vizcaya Second District Engineering Office District Engineer Glenn Miguel, the concreting of the access road started in June 2019. It was funded with P48.99 million under the 2019 General Appropriations Act (GAA).
Meanwhile, the usual 30-minute boat ride from Solano town to inner municipalities in Quezon and Kasibu in Nueva Vizcaya has been transformed into a two-minute drive by land after an inter-town bridge was completed, benefiting some 60,000 motorists.
“Locals are now reaping the benefits of the newly-completed Maddiangat Bridge which provides two-minute land travel access to and from Solano and Quezon towns even during heavy rains and flashfloods,” Villar said.
“Prior to the completion of a new bridge, motorists had to endure a 30-minute makeshift boat ride to cross Magat River because the old bridge was damaged.”
According to DPWH Region 2 Director Loreta Malaluan, the construction of the bridge involved the 600 meters of approach on both ends, concrete slope protection, embankment, and grouted riprap.
Movement along Bambang, Kasibu, Quezon, and Solano roads will be improved with the completion of the new Maddiangat Bridge, Malaluan said.