DPWH fast-tracks completion of alternative route between Albay, Sorsogon

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast-tracking the completion of an alternative route that can reduce by almost three hours the travel time between Manito, Albay and Bacon, Sorsogon.

The Bacon-Manito Road, a 15.3-kilometer, 2-lane road with five bridges traversing mountainous terrain along the east coast of Albay and Sorsogon, is targeted to be finished by 2018.

The infrastructure program “is being implemented by the regional office with only three (3) ongoing contracts to be completed,” according to DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo E. Versola.

Versola added that one of the contracts covering the 3.9-kilometer gaps in Barangay Osiao to Barangay Sto. Niño in Bacon, Sorsogon is almost complete at 93.7% work accomplishment.

“For this segment, DPWH allocated P183 million to undertake road opening, paving, drainage construction, and right-of-way acquisition,” the department said in a statement.

“The contract covering the P110 million opening of 699 lineal meters road and concreting of 232 lineal meter road, and construction of two bridges in Bacon Sorsogon is now 40 percent completed while the last phase involving the P150 million concreting of 836 lineal meter road, gravelling of 756 lineal meter road, and construction of two bridges also in Bacon, Sorsogon,” it added.

As of now, motorists from Manito, Albay need to pass by “lengthy secondary roads” and congested Daang Maharlika Road to get to Bacon, Sorsogon and vice versa.

With the project, motorists no longer need to traverse the original route which, according to the DPWH, is four times longer than Bacon-Manito Road.

“This road will provide a better and safer alternative route to the traveling public. It will not only result to substantial savings for motorists but also improve economic condition of these nature-rich areas of Albay and Sorsogon,” Director Versola was quoted as saying.