Motorists heading to (or passing through) Urdaneta City in Pangasinan can now take a new road to get to their destinations faster.
Officially opened to the public is the Urdaneta Bypass Road. The new 7.17-kilometer road is expected to address the bottleneck issue during peak hours along the Manila North Road in Urdaneta City. It will also establish an improved national road system in the province of Pangasinan. It crosses two major road intersections of Urdaneta-Dagupan Road and Urdaneta-Manaoag Provincial Road as well.
The bypass road saw the construction of four major bridges – Macalong (90.9 meters), Mitura 1 (70.9 meters), Mitura 2 (36.76 meters), and Camantiles (60.9 meters). The new road also comes with a reinforced box culvert, drainage and slope protection, a sidewalk for pedestrians, and solar lights. In the future, the DPWH will add a bicycle lane to promote the use of bicycles in the area.
With the new bypass road, travel time between the town of Villasis and Binalonan has been reduced to just 30 minutes. Moreover, around 38,000 motorists are expected to use it daily. It will also connect with the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
For those that frequently travel along the Manila North Road, Urdaneta-Dagupan Road, and the Urdaneta-Manaoaga Road, expect the traffic situation to improve during peak hours thanks to the new bypass road.