Traveling between Iloilo and Antique could soon be easier and hassle-free. Recently, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that they will be conducting road-widening projects along intermittent sections of the Iloilo-Antique Road.

According to DPWH-Iloilo First District Engineer Nonie A. Viyar, the government has allocated Php 87.045 million in order to widen several sections of the two-lane road to four lanes. The road widening projects will cover the following areas: Brgy. Trapiche in Oton, Barangay Tupuan in Tigbauan, Brgy. Nanga in Guimbal, Brgy. Kirayan in Miagao, and Brgy. Tapikan in San Joaquin.

Apart from widening the two-lane road, the DPWH will also be busy removing trees (cleared with the Department of Environment and Natural Resoruces), obstructions, and other illegal structures. In addition, the DPWH will also be excavating and preparing new embankments for the wider roads, as well as construct new drainage systems and slope protection.

“People from Southern Iloilo and a large number of motoring public from the province of Antique going to Iloilo will benefit from this project,” added Viyar.

However, the DPWH reminded motorists who frequent Iloilo-Antique Road, to be patient as the project may cause slow traffic flow along the busy thoroughfare. With that in mind, the DPWH instructed the contractor to have warning signs installed, as well as have traffic aides guide motorists getting through the road works.

The DPWH have yet to say as to when the road-widening project along the Iloilo-Antique Road will be completed.