Traveling to the Ilocos Region is now slightly faster after the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) recently opened the new Candon City Bypass Road in Ilocos Sur. With it, the new roadway is expected to decongest traffic along the section of Manila North Road that passes through the aforementioned city.

Present during the inauguration of the new 7.319-kilometer bypass road included President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Bong Go, DPWH Secretary Mark Villar, Candon City Mayor Ericson Singson, and Narvacan Mayor Luis 'Chavit' Singson.

The project, which cost Php 717.671 million, will cut travel time between the towns of Sta. Lucia and Santiago, Ilocos Sur from 40 minutes to just 20 minutes according to the DPWH. Not only that, the new bypass road will also serve as an alternate route for those heading further north towards the other parts of Ilocos.

DPWH Candon City Bypass Road Ilocos Sur image

The new alternate route begins at Barangay Ayudante and ends at Barangay Tablac. It traverses a total of 8 barangays in Candon City and consist of the following: Ayudante, Parioc 1st, Calaoan, Oaig Daya, Bagani Gabor, Bagani Campo, Bagani Ubbog, and Tablac.

Aside from building the road itself, the newly-opened thoroughfare also saw the construction of the 4-lane Oaig Daya Bridge, installation of road signage, building of four waiting sheds, and putting up pavement markings on the road.