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‘Active transport’ project in CSF, Pampanga allocated P78.4M

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga — A significant milestone in the expansion of active transport infrastructure is achieved with the groundbreaking of the jointly-led P78.4 million, 37.50-kilometer (both ways) bike lane network, signaling a substantial advancement in promoting sustainable transportation within this city.

With funding from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), the project will be implemented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region III in collaboration with the City Government of San Fernando, ensuring a coordinated implementation process.

The simple groundbreaking ceremony, held in front of the Heroes Hall along Lazatin Boulevard, was attended by key officials including Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure James Andres B. Melad and Road Sector PMO OIC-Project Manager II Rolando D. Lara from the Department of Transportation (DOTr), DPWH Region III Assistant Director Melquiades H. Sto. Domingo, and San Fernando City Mayor Vilma B. Caluag.

In his message, ARD Sto. Domingo emphasized that the project aims to encourage the use of non-motorized vehicles as a healthier and more environmentally friendly form of transportation by providing safe and convenient options, such as improved bicycle lanes.

“The City of San Fernando recognizes the increasing popularity of active transport among Filipinos as an alternative means of commuting. By investing in safe and inclusive infrastructure, the city aims to encourage more residents to choose active transportation options, reducing congestion and pollution while improving the overall well-being of the community,” ARD Sto. Domingo remarked.

The expansion of active transport infrastructure in selected roads in the City of San Fernando will cover seven locations, including Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA), Capitol Boulevard also known as the San Fernando-Lubao Road, Lazatin Boulevard or the Northwest Diversion Road, and Manila North Road (MNR).

“The bike lanes will be classified into three categories: Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3. Class 1 will encompass a 7.03-kilometer segment of Manila North Road, while Class 2 bike lanes, featuring physical separators, will be installed in specific sections of Capitol Boulevard, JASA, and MNR. Class 3 bike lanes will be constructed on shared roadways along JASA and Lazatin Boulevard,” ARD Sto. Domingo explained.

With an expected completion date in the latter part of the fourth quarter of 2023, the collaborative effort between the DPWH, the DOTr, and the City of San Fernando aims to benefit over 332,000 residents, improving their lives and creating a healthier, greener, and more connected city.

Also present at the event were DPWH Maintenance Division Chief Rodolfo S. David, Assistant Maintenance Division Chief Marisa Miguel, field engineers assigned to the project, City Administrator Nelson G. Lingat, and City Engineer Anele C. David. (UnliNews Online)

Manny D. Balbin
Manny D. Balbin
Emmanuel "Manny" Dineros Balbin, founder and editor-in-chief of UNLINEWS ONLINE and UNLINEWS Digital Newspaper, is a former seminarian of Oblates of Mary Immaculate (OMI) in Notre Dame University Seminary in Cotabato City. Graduated college with Philosophy and Political Science courses at the University of Santo Tomas, Legazpi City. A former Journal Group of Publication (People's Journal, People's Tonight, Taliba & Women's Journal) staffer for 17 years. Before, he simultaneously contributed news articles to 3 local newspapers in Bulacan (NewsCore, MetroNews & NewsWatcher). He is the founder and the former editor-in-chief of RONDA Balita, both in weekly newspaper and online news. A former Kabayan provincial reporter, 2010 Bulacan election correspondent by Rappler and presently, a stringer of Philippine News Agency (PNA) Bulacan.


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