Travelers to the north will save a considerable amount of time from the commute upon the opening of another project by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in December 2017.

The DPWH has announced that the 7.2-kilometer Urdaneta Western Bypass Road, which was designed to allow commuters to skip Urdaneta City proper in Pangasinan, is near completion and will offer another alternative route to the existing Manila North Road, Urdaneta-Dagupan Road, Urdaneta-Manaoag Road, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La-Union Expressway (TPLEX) for motorists going to and from Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Metro Manila.

Concreting of the 364-lineal meter road has been completed and the DPWH is now working on 5.2-kilometer embankment before, the 90.9-lineal meter Macalong Bridge, 70.90-lineal meter Mitura Bridge 1, and 36.3-lineal meter Mitura Bridge 2, which are part of Phase Three of the Php 1.6-billion project.

“The new road network project which traverses eight (8) barangays namely Nancayasan, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Lucia, Nancamaliran East, Mabanogbog, San Vicente, Camantiles, and Anonas will have three (3) new bridges and additional 4-kilometer of concrete road with drainage structures. The project is set for completion this year 2017,” said DPWH Secretary Mark Villar.

The agency has indicated a December 2017 opening of the Urdaneta Western Bypass Road, although total completion of the project, which includes Phases 5 and 6 covering the construction dome-type drainage along the Urdaneta Bypass Road, a 60-lineal meter new bridge, 1-kilometer transition road, and additional 2 lanes with correction of bases, is sometime in 2019.