Secretary Mark A. Villar, along with key officials of Bulacan, formally inaugurated the Pulian – Baliuag Diversion Road on May 9, 2019. The multi-year road project broke ground in 2015 and was completed this year.
Sec. Mark A. Villar said the completed road bypassed the overly-congested sections of Maharlika Highway in the adjacent municipalities of Pulilan and Baliuag resulting shortened travel time.
Motorists headed to North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) may now use
this alternate road that begins at Pulan-Calumpit Road in Barangay Tibag, Pulilan near the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and ends in Daang Maharlika in Barangay Tarcan, Baliuag Bulacan, traversing several Pulilan Barangays.
“The DPWH is keen on constructing more bypass roads to improve traffic flow but to ensure the safety of travel. We are also aware that transportation improvement projects lIke these can affect the local economies of Pulilan and Baliuag, as well as the quality of life of the Bulakenyos,” Villar said
The P509.694 M four-lane 9.6-kilometer diversion road was implemented by the DPWH Regional Office III headed by Director Roseller Tolentino.
” Isa ito sa mga maipagmamalaki naming proyekto. Dahil sa diversion road na ito, hindi na Kallengan baybayin ng mga Bulakenyos ang kahaban ng Daang Maharika. May alternatibong daan na silang pwede gamitin na bago, maluwag at mas mabilis, ” Villar pointed out.
An additional feature implemented by Secretary Vilar in this project was the inclusion of bike lanes, discussing the importance of pedestrian infrastructure in roads across the country.
“As part of DPWH, not only is it our main goal to provide vehicular infrastructure, but pedestrian infrastructure as well – especially for those who do not have private vehicles of their own. This is why we aim to incorporate bike lanes in all our projects similar to what we did here in the Pulilan – Baliuag Diversion Road,” Villar said.