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Palo East bypass road project starts soon

Tacloban City (February 13) -- The Palo East Bypass Road Project under the pump-priming program of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is ready to start very soon, Director Jaime Pacanan of the Department of Public Works and Highways Region 8, informed the Philippine Information Agency in a phone patch interview.

Director Pacanan said that the contract with the winning bidder will now be perfected because the National Government has already released the P60 million fund for this said project.

The 1.53 kilometer Palo East Bypass Road is a very vital road project as it will not only address the traffic congestion problem in the town's national highway but more importantly, it will be an alternate route that will facilitate easier connectivity as it will decrease the travel time of the commuters from the Eastern Leyte time since they will no longer pass through the Palo town proper.

Besides, this will also address the fear that if the Bernard Reed Bridge is destroyed, connectivity will be completely cut off as there is no alternative route. So once the road project is completed, commuters will no longer pass the 55-year old 55-kilometer Bernard Reed Bridge which is a vital route along the Maharlika Highway, and is now under repair so only half lane is open to commuters.

The Palo East Bypass Road, Director Pacanan said, will link the section of Pan-Philippine Highway in Barangay Salvacion, Palo, Leyte, with the San Jose-Candahug-Guindapunan Road, an access Road leading to the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport and the City of Tacloban City.

Director Pacanan said that he sees no problem in the implementation of the project since only a few houses will be relocated during construction. Most of the area is planted with coconut trees, he added.

The active DPWH director said that the National Government has prioritized this project in 2008 because of the strong endorsement of the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas that the said Project should be on top of the list under the Overseas Funding Assistance Funding Program. (PIA 8) [top]

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