BYPASS ROAD. An aerial photo of the 2.605-kilometer Magalang-Angeles bypass road, an alternative route for motorists coming from Magalang town to Angeles City in Pampanga and vice versa. The road was inaugurated on Tuesday (March 1, 2022). (Photo courtesy of DPWH Region 3)

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The 2.6-kilometer bypass road that will serve as an alternative route for motorists coming from Magalang town to Angeles City, and vice versa, is now accessible.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – Pampanga 3rd District Engineering Office led the inauguration Tuesday of of the Angeles-Magalang bypass road.

It is expected to significantly ease the heavy traffic that is often experienced at the intersection of Magalang-Angeles Road and Don Aniceto Gueco Avenue.

“Motorists will now experience the ease of traffic in the congested area of Pulung Maragul Rotonda in Angeles City. Those coming from Angeles-Magalang-Mabalacat Road, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Balibago, and Magalang now have an alternative route if they are going to Angeles City or Clark,” DPWH Assistant District Engineer Arnold Ocampo said during the event.

The construction started in 2019 after the national government funded the implementation of the first five connecting projects, including the improvement of the PEZA Road that connects to Angeles-Magalang Road.

“With the completion of this bypass road, motorists can now enter or exit through Aniceto Gueco, saving them at least 30 minutes of travel time,” DPWH District Engineer Arleen Beltran said.

The PHP245-million project included the construction of retaining walls and concrete slope protection on both approaches of the NLEX Overpass, the construction of box culverts in Pulung Cacutud, and the provision of road safety devices such as guardrails, hazard markers, and pavement markings.

Two more projects, one of which is an 88-meter two-lane bridge crossing NLEX, began in 2020 and are expected to finish within the year. (PNA)