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DPWH to improve the province’s main road network

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  • Raffy C. V.
  • 4 years ago

BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 2nd engineering district office here is expected to accomplish the P200 million road improvement project in the Balanga City section of the Roman Expressway this year.
Engineer Katrina Lacanlale of DPWH planning division has disclosed that the on-going road widening of Roman Expressway from four to six lanes with an estimated length of 5.78 kilometers covers shoulder provisions of 1.5 meter on both sides, slope protection and drainage canal.
Ms. Lacanlale said the DPWH has allocated P 106 million for the widening of about two (2) kilometer road widening in Pilar and Orion towns next year.
The DPWH second engineering district of Bataan is tasked to carry out a massive improvement of the 39 kilometer stretch of Roman Expressway from Balanga City to the coastal village of Alas-Asin in Mariveles town, this province.
According to DPWH, traffic count and volume capacity measures conducted by the Agency shows the province’s main thoroughfare is currently categorized at level C or under moderate type.
Heavy traffic bottlenecks happen in the province’s premier road network which reportedly manifested in the periphery of the two highly-industrialized towns of Limay and Mariveles in Southern Bataan.
Bataan hosts several industries and companies that produce diverse products such as petroleum, petrochemicals, plastics, fiberglass, sportswear, footwear, handbags, textile, soya oil, tennis balls, paper, ammunition and other highly-sophisticated electronics gadgets and components.
The expansion of production capacities due to rising market demands from the output of the country’s largest oil refinery, petrochemical plants, export-oriented manufacturing plants coming from different ecozones and industrial estates have contributed heavily to the traffic problem.
Imported raw materials and finished products are regularly shipped to port terminals and depots strategically located in the coastal areas of Mariveles then loaded to hundreds of tankers, hauling trucks and other land cargo transports for distribution to different localities in Central and Northern Luzon.

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