The civil works for the construction of the three-kilometer Section 2, including the clearing, of the 21-kilometer New Bacolod Economic Highway, started Monday, April 3.
Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya said the project started sooner because some landowners agreed that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) can start the project after they agreed on the expropriation.
Some even donated portions of their properties to be used for the road network, he added.
“We appreciate the cooperation of the landowners. Several may have also realized that the value of their lands will also benefit from the project,” he added.
Last February, DPWH broke ground for the construction of the P300-million New Bacolod Economic Highway Section 2.
Gasataya then said the DPWH approved the first phase, including road right-of-way, for the construction of three-kilometer two-lane roads from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug.
It is only a portion of the 21-kilometer economic highway with the total costs of P4.8 billion.
The Section 2 road project, awarded to contractor IBC-International Builders Corporation, will be completed on May 20, 2018.
Once the 21-kilometer highway is eventually completed, it will cover the Barangays of Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, and will commence at the Bacolod Silay Access Road in Barangay Bata, Gasataya also said.