BACOLOD CITY -- Construction of the two-kilometer portion of Phase 1 of the PHP4.8 billion Bacolod Economic Highway (BEH) funded by the national government through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) started on Friday.
This portion of the project will cost PHP200 million, and spans the road from Barangay Mansilingan towards Barangay Felisa.
The budget includes the allocation for the right-of-way of landowners affected by the road project.
Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Greg Gasataya, who facilitated the project implementation, said the two-kilometer portion is part of the economic highway that spans 21 kilometers.
Contractor Supreme ABF was given 280 days to finish the construction, he added.
“We prioritized this area because the property of the Province of Negros Occidental is also located here and we expect more development (in this site),” he added.
The latest project followed the construction of the Phase 1’s three-kilometer Section 2 of the economic highway which started in April last year with a budget of PHP300 million.
This portion, from Barangay Sum-ag to Barangay Cabug, is expected to be completed in May this year.
Gasataya added that the construction of the six-kilometer Phase 2 will begin in April, covering areas from Barangay Vista Alegre to Barangay Estefania, with the budget of PHP400 million, including payment for the right-of-way.
The 21-kilometer BEH will cover areas across Barangays Sum-ag, Cabug, Felisa, Handumanan, Mansilingan, Estefania, Granada, Mandalagan, and Bata. (PNA)