The first underpass in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region expected to ease travel to Bicol region and southern part of this province was inaugurated and officially opened to motorists here on Wednesday.
Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar led the inauguration of the 419-meter, four-lane underpass that was constructed on Diversion Road in Barangay Gulang-Gulang this city.
Villar, who also led the official "drive-through" of the infrastructure project, said it took two years to be completed, with a total fund of PHP245 million.
He thanked Quezon 2nd District Rep. David Suarez for his help to finish the project.
Villar said the road project is part of President Rodrigo Duterte's “Build, Build, Build” program, rolls out road networks to decongest major roads and highways and to lessen travel time between provinces.
The underpass will benefit motorists traveling to Bicol region from Metro Manila and vice versa for they need not pass through the intersection of Diversion Road in the area, lessening travel time.
Other guests in the event included DPWH Senior Undersecretary Rafael Yabut, Assistant Secretary Eugenio Pipo, regional director Samson Hebra and assistant regional director Jovel Mendoza.
Local officials also present in the event were Lucena City Administrator Anacleto Alcala Jr. representing Mayor Roderick Alcala, provincial councilors Romano Talaga and Beth Sio and city councilors Nilo Villapando, Amer Lacerna and Christian Ona.