Traveling between the cities of Tacloban and Palo in Leyte will soon be easier and less time-consuming. This will be made possible via the Tacloban City Bypass Road which is scheduled to be opened to motorists next year.

Currently in its final stages of construction, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to complete the fourth and fifth phases of the bypass road in August 2019. The first three phases have already been completed by the DPWH last year.

With a total budget of Php 1.183 billion, the new road will have four-lanes (two lanes per direction), shoulders on either side, and slope protection to prevent soil erosion in the area.

When finished, the 8.23 km road project will alleviate traffic along the busy Maharlika Highway which links the previously-mentioned cities. In addition, the government agency expects that the bypass road will cut travel time from 1.5 hours to just 30 minutes, as well as benefit more or less 1,000 motorists a day.

The Tacloban City Bypass Road will serve as an expansion to the growing road network in the province of Leyte, and is also expected to boost tourism and local development.