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DPWH says construction of 3KM BEH now ongoing

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Construction of the first three kilometers of the P300 million New Bacolod Economic Highway (BEH) was formally started last April 21.

Leah Jamero, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Bacolod Engineering District official, said the project will involve a four-lane road from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug.

The groundbreaking rites for road project, which is also part of the first phase of Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road II, was led by DPWH Secretary Mark Villar in February this year.

The civil works contract of P164.799 million was awarded to IBC-International Builders Corp. The project is expected to be completed by May 20, 2018.

Spanning three kilometers from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug, the road project is part of the 21-kilometer BEH amounting to P4.8-billion.

The 21-kilometer BEH will cover areas across Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, and Bata.

Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya said Secretary Villar has committed that the DPWH would finish the entire BEH project in three years.

He added that once the 21-kilometer highway would be fully developed, the city would organize the Bacolod Marathon like those being held in Boston, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo.