By Glen S. Ramos
SARIAYA, Quezon – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte yesterday led the inauguration of the 7.42-kilometer stretch of the new Sariaya Bypass Road from Manila South Road to Quezon Eco-Tourism Road in Quezon Province.
The P573.8 million-Sariaya Bypass Road Project was implemented by Departmen of Public Works and Highways Regional Office IV-A and DPWH Quezon 2nd District Engineering Office.
The project also covers the construction of four (4) 2-lane bridges: the 40-meter Tumbaga Bridge, 80-meter Morong Bridge, 160-meter Gibanga Bridge, and another 40-meter Isabang Bridge.
Department of Public Works ang Highways Secretary Roger G. Mercado, who accompanied the President stated that the newly built highway will ease traffic along Daang Maharlika in the town proper of Sariaya.
“It is a toll-free bypass road, complete with road shoulder, drainage structures, safety features, markings, and signs,” he stated.
The new 4-lane bypass road is expected to decongest Manila South Road/Daang Maharlika from Sariaya to Lucena City by as much as 40 percent from its current traffic volume.
“Sariaya Bypass Road will benefit Sariaya Town through better mobility enabling better trade and encouraging businesses. This will also provide convenience to motorists mostly going in and out of Metro Manila and Southern Tagalog or Bicol Region,” Mercado added.
Other dignitaries present during the inauguration were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Quezon Governor Danilo E. Suarez, and Quezon 2nd District Representative David C. Suarez.
Also present were DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, Assistant Secretary Wilfredo Mallari, Regional Office 4-A Director Jovel G. Mendoza, as well as other public works and local officials. (ai/mtvn)