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Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Multi-billion Balili Bypass Road to connect La Trinidad and Baguio Proposed

Cordillera - A multi-billion bypass road from the town of La Trinidad to the city of Baguio is being proposed to help alleviate  traffic congestion that commuters experience when traveling between La Trinidad and Baguio.

The municipal council of La Trinidad, Benguet, has passed Resolution No. 25, series of 2020 calling for the national government to contribute 5 billion in funding for the project.

The bypass road project has the potential to benefit both areas by decreasing traffic congestion and air pollution experienced by commuters and residents.

Meanwhile, the city government of Baguio backed the resolution saying for the proposed construction of the multi-billion bypass road.

“Excellent and thankful that the city also sees our resolution as a solution to the problem. It is a welcome support that will benefit all those that travel to the north thru the Baguio-Bontoc road, including the vegetable truckers that carry highly perishable items," La Trinidad Vice Mayor Roderick Awingan said.

Awingan said their resolution was a result of a study conducted by the Saint Louis University (SLU)-Architecture and Engineering Department and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The study also included the possibility of putting up a structure that will also serve as a flood control.

“We saw the need for a separate road from the national highway, which is the only road that is generally used by the motorists in going to Mountain Province, Ifugao, parts of Benguet connecting Baguio City because there are many occasions when travel along the six-kilometer road takes a long time,” he added.

He said the Baguio-Bontoc Road is also the only road used by truckers transporting vegetables to other provinces.

It also connects Baguio City to their town used by tourists who visit the Colors of Stobosa, (sitios of Stonehill, Botiwtiw and Sadjap), the vegetable trading post and the strawberry farms.

It is also the same road used by public utility vehicles going to Sagada in Mountain Province, the vegetable gardens in Atok and Buguias towns of Benguet, and other attractions.

source || PNA



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