Baguio circumferential road finally completed-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Monday, April 28, 2014
AFTER several months of delay due to tree cutting and road right of way concerns, the last stretch of the Baguio Circumferential Road was completed through the continued partnership of the Department of Public Works and Highways and the Department of Tourism.
The ceremonial opening of the road’s last stretch near Baguio Country Club was held Friday afternoon with DPWH and DOT officials together with Representative Nicasio Aliping Jr. and Mayor Mauricio Domogan, who led the ribbon cutting activity.
DPWH Engr. Jessie Ramos of the Baguio City District Engineering Office’s Planning and Design Division said the last stretch of the Baguio Circumferential Road spans 4.89 kilometers and cost the government some P30 million.
Ramos said the project got delayed for more than seven months due to some issues on tree cutting and prohibition of entry of construction materials due to the absence of an of entry permit which was implemented by the John Hay Management Corporation. This was settled only by patiently coordinating with the estate manager of the Camp John Hay reservation where the roads are located.
The stretch, which spans the Loakan-Happy Hallow area all the way to the Baguio Country Club, was only completed in February.
The entire Baguio Circumferential Road Project, according to Baguio district engineer Ireneo Gallato, took several years to finish including more than P100 million to cover some 13.73 kilometers of new national road aimed to ease traffic and provide alternate access routes to various parts of the city.
The project’s completion was part of the convergence projects of the DOT with the DPWH which prioritize funding for tourist areas in the country.
The Baguio Circumferential Road project is aimed at decongesting the Central Business District by providing other alternate roads for motor vehicles to pass.
The project is also expected will also lessen travel time from Manila to Baguio as vehicles will no longer have to pass through the main business district of Baguio often ridden by traffic congestion.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 29, 2014.