Getting to the surfing town of San Juan in La Union will be faster in the future.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) announced that they are currently constructing a new bypass road that will connect Bauang with San Juan. Officially called the Bauang – San Fernando – San Juan Bypass Road, it will cut travel time between Bauang via Manila North Road from 1 hour to just 30 minutes.
Construction of the 22.19-kilometer bypass road first began in 2018 and will consist of four lanes, plus six bridges. The new bypass road will also see the construction of cross and lateral drainages, slope protection works, shoulders with bicycle lanes, and provision for pavement markings and road signs.
The new road will start at Barangay Payocpoc Norte in Bauang and will traverse the barangays of Calumbaya, Buy-otan, Central East, Acao, Lower, and Upper San Agustin. It will then head towards Barangays Sibuan-Utong, Birunget, Langcuas, Camansi, Namtutan, Dallangayan Este, Saoay, and Abut in San Fernando City. Finally, it will connect with Barangays Dinanum, Lubing, Casilagan, Ili Sur, Ili Norte, Cacapian, Talogtog, Sinapangan, and Taboc in San Juan.
Three contract packages have already been completed with a total allocation of PhP 570 million. Meanwhile, there are still two packages being worked on and are currently 64% and 92.65% completed.
Once the entire project is completed, the DPWH says that the new bypass road is expected to make land travel faster between Bauang, San Fernando, and San Juan.
With San Juan famous for its beaches and surfing spots, this will surely help boost tourism in La Union. Hopefully, by the time the quarantine measures have been lifted, the new bypass road would have already been completed just in time to give local tourism a much-needed boost.