CITY OF SAN FERNANDO---The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in Central Luzon announced on Thursday that the Cabu Detour Road along the Cabanatuan City section of the Nueva Ecija-Aurora road will be totally closed to heavy vehicles starting on Friday, May 26, 2023.

The DPWH said that all trucks, trailers and heavy equipment going to Palayan City, Bongabon and Gabaldon in Nueva Ecija and Dingalan in Aurora province may take the alternate routes

Among these are the Laur-Fort Magsaysay Road, Palayan-Natividad Road and the Bongabon-Rizal Road.

DPWH Regional Director Roseller Tolentino said the closure is due to the ongoing rehabilitation and reblocking of the portion of Manacnac, Palayan City section of the Nueva Ecija-Aurora road.

It is part of road upgrading projects in Nueva Ecija province expected to provide convenient and safer travel to motorists.

It is also seen to facilitate the efficient movement of essential goods and services that would ramp up the local economy, Tolentino said.

"Along with the rehabilitation of the Cabu Detour Road, the DPWH is also fast-tracking other road preventive maintenance projects in the province. These are the repairs of the 1.9 kilometers of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) section in Barangay San Roque to Barangay Sto. Cristo in San Isidro and the 1.7 kilometers of Daang Maharlika section in Barangay Sto. Cristo Norte and Barangay Bayanihan in Gapan City, with a total cost of P90.39 million and P57.59 million, respectively," he added.

He said the DPWH Nueva Ecija Second District Engineering Office has already finished the upgrading of the 2.22 kilometers of the JASA sections in Barangay San Nicolas in Gapan City and Barangay Poblacion to Barangay Malapit in San Isidro town.

"The completed road projects along JASA, costing some P69.25 million, are part of the DPWH asset preservation and preventive maintenance program that aims to deter road deterioration and address necessary repairs to avoid road inconvenience," he added.

Also known as the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road, JASA serves as a major highway connecting the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Zambales.