A new by-pass road would soon be serviceable to lessen the traffic congestion within the highly urbanized roads of Iloilo City, providing more convenient trip for local residents and tourists. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 is presently undertaking the construction of four lanes Nabitasan – San Rafael Bypass Road in the amount of P114.461-million to shorten the travel time from Iloilo City downtown area to Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue by ten (10) to fifteen (15) minutes.
The project involves the construction of 834 lineal meters of portland concrete cement pavement (PCCP) including 30 lineal meters of type IV-B bridge on reinforced concrete pile foundation. Set to be completed before 2017 ends, the new road would allow motorists to travel from Barangay Nabitasan in Lapaz District to Barangay San Rafael, Mandurriao District via Jalandoni Bridge without the need to take the busy road of Gen. Luna Street.
The completion of Nabitasan – San Rafael Bypass Road is expected to complement the proposed Esplanade 3 along Iloilo River, which will be constructed from Sen. Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Avenue to Jalandoni Bridge, adjacent to Iloilo Esplanade 1 Extension. The projects are aimed to provide townspeople easier access to the heart of Western Visayas in the province of Iloilo where government offices, basic services and business center are located. Local and foreign travelers will also have better road experience to the city’s astonishing historical sites, cultural heritage and natural spots once the new bypass road in Iloilo has been completed.
Philippine Information Agency & DPWH