Motorists taking Commonwealth Avenue will relish the fact that two newly-opened lanes have now been made available to motorist along the southbound portion.

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar was on hand for the opening of the two lanes, between Zuzuarregui Street to Vila Beatriz Street.

The construction, which cost an estimated Php 50 million in total, included the installation of a 910-milimeter diameter reinforced concrete pipe culvert (RCPC), and construction of concrete curb and gutter, and a 2.5-meter wide sidewalk.

“We have settled right-of-way claims of informal settler families (ISF) so we were able to push through with opening of 2 additional lanes along Commonwealth. Another one lane will be added once the utility posts are relocated,” said Villar. That section of Commonwealth now has been expanded from five to seven lanes.

The two phases of the project involved the clearing of existing illegal structures of about 392 ISFs, construction of retaining wall, embankment, and road concreting.