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DPWH accelerating road improvement project in Virac

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is speeding up the civil works of the 4.80-kilometer road improvement project in Virac, Catanduanes.

In his report to DPWH Secretary Manuel M. Bonoan, DPWH Region 5 Director Virgilio C. Eduarte said that the ongoing project involves the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Virac’s Imelda Boulevard with four bridges, seawall, drainage and slope protection works.

The project is seen not only to decongest traffic but will also protect a coastal area in Virac. It is also envisioned to have a separated bike lane to promote active transport beneficial to physical health and sidewalk and street lights for road safety.

“Civil works on the boulevard is now 78.8 percent accomplished based on total project cost of P1.59 Billion. Already completed is a total of 3.55 kilometers of road rehabilitation, reconstruction, and bridge construction while 654 meters of road concreting is still ongoing. However, 1.25-kilometer road concreting with seawall and bridge construction still remains to be funded,” said Eduarte.

DPWH has so far allocated from CY 2017 to CY 2022 a total of P1.32 billion for the rehabilitation of Imelda Boulevard and a balance of P266.3 million will be needed to cover remaining civil works to complete the entire project.

When fully-completed, the road will serve an all-weather alternative route to bypass the busy town proper of Virac. Its seawall component will also be able protect the coastal area from storm surges.

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