If you plan to visit Baguio City from La Union or vice versa this coming holiday season, there is some good news for you.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) headed by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar formally inaugurated on November 26, 2018, the two major infrastructure projects in the province of La Union, namely, the Aringay-Tubao Alternate Road and Anduyan Bridge. These will provide a better and faster road network for motorists going to Benguet and Baguio City.
The alternate road is a 14.24 kilometers road section along Aringay-Tubao, La Union which will facilitate a scenic travel to Asin Hotspring in Tuba, Benguet and Baguio City.
“This alternate route will lessen travel time from Tuba, La Union to Benguet from 2 hours to 35 minutes and will cut travel time from 2 hours and 25 minutes to just 1 hour going to Baguio City,” Villar explained.
On the other hand, the Anduyan bridge serves as an early Christmas gift by DPWH to the people of Barangay Rizal and Along East in Tubao, La Union.
“Ang kagandahan sa tulay na ito ay hindi na kailangan mag-balsa ng ating mga kababayan. Kung dati rati ay kailangan pa nilang mag balsa upang makatawaid lang sa Aringay river, ngayon ay mayroon na silang kalsada na maaring gamitin sa araw-araw nilang gawain,” Villar said.
The construction of Anduyan Bridge has 12 spans at 30 meter Pre Stress Concrete Girder (PSCG) with a total length of 360 lineal meter. The new bridge has two abutments and 11 piers all resting on bored piles with a diameter of 1800 millimeters and 1600 millimeters. Anduyan bridge also has two lanes carriageway and sidewalks on each side with reinforced concrete railings.
“Another impact of this project is that it will decongest traffic along Marcos Highway. Lalo na ngayon na sarado at prone pa rin sa landslides ang Kennon Road. Yung mga kababayan natin na balak magpasko sa Baguio ay maari ng dumaan dito,” Villar pointed out.
However, the Anduyan Bridge is expected to decongest traffic along the Marcos Highway, considering that the landslide-prone Kennon Road is still closed to the motorists. Meanwhile, the reconstruction of Lunas Bridge in Barlig town in Mountain Province which was destructed by Typhoon Rosita last month was completed ahead of time and opened last November 23.