Angeles City—Local and other government officials on Monday led the groundbreaking of the P150-million “EPZA” diversion road, touted as the ultimate solution to decongest the busy Magalang-Angeles City stretch especially during peak hours.
The project will link this city to commercial areas and towns in northeastern Pampanga. It is a kilometer-long structure that will traverse Barangays Pulung Maragul and Pulung Cacutud, with a concrete bridge crossing the North Luzon Expressway also to be built.
First District Rep. Carmelo “Jonjon” Lazatin submitted the project plan and design three years ago, but the funding was released only this year. The much-needed by-pass road will be completed October next year, he said.
A total of 41 houses situated along Pulung Cacutud will soon be demolished to give way to the construction works. Affected residences will have to claim their compensation from the contractors, the lawmaker said.
Affected residents will be top priority for the housing program of the city government, said Mayor Carmelo “Pogi” Lazatin.
The diversion road will traverse the Infinity area in this city and end up at Don Aniceto Gueco Avenue. R11 Builders will construct the first phase of the project.
Once completed, a large volume of motorists is expected to use the by-pass road to avoid the congested Angeles-Magalang Road, the only access of residents to the City Hall and Marquee Mall shopping complex.
Constructors assigned to build the project are RD Policarpio and Company Inc. and Ferdstar Builders.