DPWH chief fast tracks Boracay Circumferential Road rehab

DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar (2nd from left) walks through the Missing Gap of the Boracay Circumferential Road in Bulabog area with (from left) Regional Director Wenceslao M. Leaño Jr., Assistant Regional Director Jose Al V. Fruto, Undersecretary Roberto R. Bernardo, and Aklan District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella. (Photos by M. Sedicol)

SECRETARY Mark A. Villar of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) inspected the substantially completed Phase 1 of the Boracay Circumferential Road rehabilitation project, last March 8.

Villar, along with the Undersecretaries, Assistant Secretaries, Bureau Directors, Project Directors and Regional Directors drove through Phase 1 of the project which is divided into two sections – one from Cagban Port to Hue Hotel with a length of 2.660 kilometers and costs P304.25 million; and the segment from Hue Hotel to Elizalde property with a length of 1.462 kilometers and costs P185.75 million.

The project involved concreting of two-lane Portland Concrete Cement Pavement (PCCP) road, including sidewalks with paving blocks, ramps and planting strips.

Villar also conducted a briefing on the improvement of phase 2, which will start from Elizalde property passing through Ambassador Hotel to City Mall, with a length of 1.9 kilometers and costs P300 million.

The project will be te concreting of two-lane PCCP road with paved walkway, ramps and planting strips. Also included in this phase is the improvement of road from Tambisaan port to Rotonda, with the length of 1.462 kilometers.

During the briefing, Villar announced that the first phase of the project will be formally inaugurated by end of this month, along with the ground breaking of the second phase.

“Phase 1 of the project is almost done, so we will be formally inaugurating the Phase 1 within the end of the month,” he said.

“The second phase will be completed within a year,” he added.

Other than improvement of the second phase of Boracay Circumferential Road, Villar said that DPWH will be working on the road along Lake Town, near D’ Mall.

Villar added DPWH is working as fast as long as the “workable area” is delivered. The challenge, he said, is the utilities providers are working on their own projects, hence, coordination with the Boracay Water and BoracayTubi is undertaken.

Also, Villar and other DPWH officials walked through the P50-million construction of the 452-meter missing gap that will complete the whole stretch of Boracay Circumferential Road. This missing gap connects Boracay Circumferential Road to Mt. Luho Road.

The improvement of Boracay Circumferential Road is part of the collaborative effort of the DPWH and other members of Boracay Inter-Agency Taskforce created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte. (DPWH-6/RPAIO)

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