TheDepartment of Public Works and Highways-Bacolod District Engineering Office started the construction of another 2-kilometer road, that is part of the first phase of the P4.8 billion Bacolod Negros Occidental Economic Highway, in Purok Manayawsayaw, Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City, yesterday.
Bacolod Rep. Greg Gasataya saidthe project is just a continuation ofthe 3-kilometer roadthat was started inBrgy. Sum-agto Cabuglate last year,amounting to P300 million,and which is nearing completion.
He said the national government gave an additional P200 million budget for the2-kilometer project which will pass through barangaysMansilingan and Felisa.
The DPWH is being given 218 days to complete this part of the highway, and the project is expected to be finished by November, he added.
Gasataya said the additional P200 million budgetincludes payment for the road right of way and is part of the 2017 national budget.
Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal said the additional fund was requested by the solon from Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar.
Gasataya said this was given priority because part of the property is owned by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental and there are national agencies that will put up their structures in the area.
Meanwhile, Gasatayaalso said an additional 6-kilometer road, which is part of the economic highway project, will be implemented this year.
The project will start in Aprilor May and has a budget o P400 million which also include the road right of way, he said.
Villareal said the 6-kilometer road will start from Mansilingan and traverse Estefania, Vista Alegre and Villamonte.
Gasataya said the whole economic highway is about 21-kilometers and will pass through Brgys. Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Vista Alegre, Mansilingan, Estefania, Mandalagan and Bata.
He has suggested to the DPWH that the roads should be constructed in strategic areas, so once they are passable, theywillhelp decongest the Circumferential Road, he added.*CGS
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