Just after a month after the Lucban bypass road is opened to motorists, another Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) project has been launched in Quezon Province. This project is the Sariaya bypass road which runs from Manila South Road to Quezon Eco-Tourism road.
The Sariaya bypass road is now open
Present in the inauguration ceremony were President Rodrigo Duterte, DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado, DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Quezon Governor Danilo E. Suarez, Quezon 2nd District Representative David C. Suarez, Regional Office 4-A Director Jovel G. Mendoza, among others.
“We can now avoid traffic along Daang Maharlika in the town proper of Sariaya, and use a toll-free bypass road, complete with road shoulder, drainage structures, safety features, and signs,” said DPWH Secretary Roger G. Mercado.
With a project cost of P573.8-million, the Sariaya bypass road is a 7.42-km 4-lane road that was implemented by the DPWH Regional Office IV-A and DPWH Quezon 2nd District Engineering Office. The completed project is a toll-free bypass road so it is expected to accommodate more motorists in the area.
DPWH noted that around 15,000 daily motorists and commuters will be using the bypass road, reducing the travel time from Lucena City to Sariaya by 30 minutes. The new bypass road is also seen to decongest Manila South Road/Daang Maharlika from Sariaya to Lucena City by as much as 40 percent.
The official inauguration of the bypass road
In addition, the Sariaya bypass road is said to play a vital role in the full reopening of the Philippine economy amid the pandemic. This project will not only reduce traffic in the area, but also help grow industries and businesses in the Quezon Province.
“Sariaya Bypass Road will benefit Sariaya Town through better mobility enabling better trade and encouraging businesses. This will also provide convenience to motorists mostly going in and out of Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog or Bicol Region,” added Mercado.
The Sariaya bypass road, alongside the Lucban bypass road, will provide faster routes for motorists going to Metro Manila or the Bicol Region. This makes the estimated 9-hour travel from Ilocos to Bicol by DPWH closer to reality via the Luzon Spine Expressway Network (LSEN) program.
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