DPWH 6 chief monitors BANOCEH project

DPWH-6 Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno (left) monitors the ongoing construction of Magsungay Bridge along Section 2, Package B of Bacolod Negros Occidental Economic Highway (BANOCEH). (Photo by I.G. Tantiado)

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 6 Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno is keeping an eye on the ongoing construction of Bacolod Negros Occidental Economic Highway (BANOCEH) in Negros Occidental province.

In her recent inspection, Director Bueno checked BANOCEH Section 2, Package B in Bacolod City, particularly the construction of Magsungay Bridge, which is one of the three bridges included in the package.

Director Bueno instructed the contractor and the Project Engineer to be perpetual in the implementation and monitoring of project to meet the scheduled completion.

“We should work round-the-clock to deliver the project on time and make this (road section) passable, especially that rainy season is approaching,” Director Bueno said.

Costing ₱319.7 million, BANOCEH Section 2, Package B involves concreting of 5.2-kilometer, 7-meter wide Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) road. This also includes three 4-lane, 3-span Pre-Stressed Concrete Girder (PSCG) bridges on bored pile foundation, namely: Magsungay Bridge, Pequinto Bridge, and Ngalan Bridge with the collective length of 50 meters.

This road section forms part of the 48.8-kilometer BANOCEH that will serve as an alternate thoroughfare from Brgy. Sum-ag in Bacolod City to Victorias City.

“When completed, this section will be beneficial to our motorists and the riding public as this will serve as a shorter alternate route from Bacolod City to San Carlos City, passing the towns of Murcia and D.S. Benedicto,” explained Director Bueno.

“This will likewise fast-track the development of the province, reducing travel time in the transport of farm products to the market, such as sugarcanes from farms to mills. This will further serve as convenient access point to several tourist destinations in the province, without passing along the city center,” added Director Bueno. (DPWH-6)