Travel time between Bauang to the surfing town of San Juan in La Union will soon be reduced to 30 minutes once the Bauang-San Fernando-San Juan bypass road is completed, according to Public Works and Highways Sec. Mark Villar.
“We are constructing the Bauang – San Fernando – San Juan Bypass Road that will cut the one-hour travel from Bauang via Manila North Road to just 30 minutes,” Villar said.
The P4.36 billion project involves the construction of a four-lane 22.19 kilometer bypass road including six bridges measuring 1,281 lineal meters.
“Upon full completion, this road network is expected to facilitate convenient land travel and will eventually give boost to the province of La Union as the heart of agri-tourism in Northern Luzon,” Villar added.
The bypass road project starts at Barangay Payocpoc Norte and traverses the barangays of Calumbaya, Buy-otan, Central East, Acao, Lower and Upper San Agustin in Bauang towards Barangays Sibuan-Utong, Birunget, Langcuas, Camansi, Namtutan, Dallangayan Este, Saoay, and Abut in San Fernando City and then to Barangays Dinanum, Lubing, Casilagan, Ili Sur, Ili Norte, Cacapian, Talogtog, Sinapangan and finally ends at Barangay Taboc in San Juan, La Union.
Apart from road opening and concrete paving, the project also involves the installation of cross and lateral drainage, slope protection works, shoulders with bicycle lanes, provision of pavement markings and signages.