Widened road to enhance mobility in Guimaras town

The 1.5-kilometer portion of Guimaras Circumferential Road in Nueva Valencia town widened from two to four lanes for better mobility. (Photo courtesy of DPWH Guimaras DEO)

Traveling to various communities and magnificent tourist destinations in Nueva Valencia in Guimaras will soon be smoother and more accessible when the road widening is completed.

Undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Guimaras District Engineering Office, the ₱76.2-million project involves widening from two to four lanes of a portion of the Guimaras Circumferential Road, specifically in Nueva Valencia town. The project is expected to be completed in December 2022.

Citing the report of District Engineering Rhodora B. Nuñal, DPWH 6 Regional Director Nerie D. Bueno said the widening of the 1.5-kilometer long Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) road includes the provision of paved shoulders, curb and gutter, trapezoidal canal, mechanically-stabilized earth retaining wall with drainage and reflectorizes thermoplastic pavement markings for safety, especially at night and during rainy days.

“The widened road will enhance mobility and improve traffic capacity going to barangays of Salvacion, Lucmayan, Napandong and neighboring communities in the town, providing ease of travel among the residents and faster delivery of basic government services to the communities,” Bueno said.

This will also improve the eco-tourism activities in Nueva Valencia as the better road will provide faster access to various tourist destinations in the town. This will likewise provide easier access to public establishments such as schools, markets, government offices, health facilities and commercial establishments.

“This road widening is one of the numerous widening activities being undertaken by DPWH in the province of Guimaras. The widened road will cater to a huge volume of vehicles and can cater even large cargo trucks going to various areas in the province, hence, delivery of products and services will not be hampered,” Director Bueno added.

The town of Nueva Valencia houses scenic places such as Biker’s Hill resort, Guisi Lighthouse, and Tahi Beach are a few of the most visited tourist areas in the province, hence, the improvement of this road will be beneficial in the tourism and economic development of the town and province as well.  (DPWH-6)