Kalibo, Aklan will soon be swarming with tourists once more as the 2019 Ati-atihan Festival draws nearer. 

In anticipation of the huge number of locals and tourists that will flock to the annual celebration, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently completed various road rehabilitation / improvement projects in the province of Aklan. 

According to DPWH Aklan District Engineer Noel L. Fuentebella, they have finished completed the 4.82 km asphalt overlay and 1.67 km road-reblocking along Jaime Cardinal Sin Avenue heading towards the Port of Dumaguit in the town of New Washington. 

Thermoplastic pavement markings, along with the installation of new warning signs were also put by the DPWH along the major road that connects Kalibo with New Washington. The Aklan West Road, which connects to Boracay Island in the town of Malay, also benefitted from new chevron signages and guardrails that cost Php 6.06 million.

Apart from those, the Kalibo bridges (which lie parallel to each other) are now fully lighted for safer night-time driving. Meanwhile, the curbs and gutters along Jaime Cardinal Sin Avenue leading to Kalibo International Airport have been repainted and given thermoplastic pavement markings for better visibility.

“We have also deployed maintenance teams to seal cracks, patch potholes, and de-clog canals along national roads to ensure that our major roads are ready for the expected large volume of devotees, tourists, and locals,” said Fuentebella.