Pulilan-Baliuag diversion road now open to motorists — DPWH
Robie de Guzman • May 9, 2019 • 3487
The newly-constructed Pulilan-Baliuag diversion road in Bulacan is now open to motorists, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Thursday (May 9).
DPWH Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the road project in Pulilan with a ceremonial drive-through along with officials of the Bulacan provincial government.
Villar said the completed 9.60-kilometer long road is expected to cut down travel time from an hour to just 10 minutes as it bypasses the highly congested portions of Maharlika highway in Pulilan and Baliuag towns.
The diversion road begins at Pulilan-Calumpit road in Barangay Tibag, Pulilan and ends in Daang Maharlika in Barangay Tarcan in Baliuag, Bulacan.
Villar said that aside from easing travel time, the new road will also help expedite the transport of goods and boost local economies.
The four-lane road project, which costs more than P700 million, began in 2015 and was completed within the first half of 2019. (with details from Nestor Torres)
Over 170 vehicles were apprehended during the one-time big-time anti-colorum operations of the Highway Patrol Group (HPG), Land Transportation and Franchising Board (LTFRB) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
The operation was conducted in 15 areas in Metro Manila on Tuesday evening (February 4).
According HPG Director PBGen. Eliseo Cruz, it was carried out under the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Archie Gamboa.
“[There was] cooperation [with the] LTO [and] HPG to train our personnel [so] eventually our HPG personnel will deputize with the LTO, to implement to enforce traffic law and regulation,” he said.
Apprehended vehicles include those with no plate number and those using unauthorized blinkers. Authorities also apprehended overloaded trucks.
Among the over 300 trucks inspected, 78 of them were overloaded. Meanwhile, 68 vehicles received temporary operations permit due to various violations including not wearing a helmet or seatbelt.—AAC (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
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