Issue of July 8, 2018
Mt. Province

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Asin-Tubao Road opens to ease Marcos Highway traffic
by RC Jimenez

ALTERNATE ROUTE TO BAGUIO -- The secondary national highway connecting Benguet and La Union via the Nangalisan-San Pascual-Tubao Road is now open to vehicular traffic and serves as a shorter route coming in and out of Baguio from Manila when the gridlock occurs at the Aspiras-Palispis (Marcos) Highway. The Office of Rep. Ronald Cosalan has sourced out P250 million for the development of the Benguet side of the highway. -- Rose Celine Jimenez

TUBA, Benguet – Motorists and commuters, who do not want to be inconvenienced by massive gridlock along the Aspiras-Palispis (Marcos) Highway are being advised to take the Asin-San Pascual-Tubao, La Union Road.

The multi-million secondary national road is now passable to most types of vehicles, except 10-wheeler and cargo trucks after the recent completion of the bridge at the boundary of Tubao, La Union and Tuba, Benguet.

Benguet Rep. Ronald Cosalan said close to P300 million were infused for the rehabilitation and upgrade of the secondary road in the Benguet side.

Former Rep. Eufranio Eriguel of La Union has been credited for working out the release of funds for the improvement of the road in the La Union side.

From the main highway in the lowlands, motorists can reach Baguio via the secondary road within two hours. The national highway spans 23.85 kilometers.

On June 30, the Tuba Municipal Police Station advised owners of light vehicles to pass through Asin Road and exit in Tubao instead due to the traffic in Marcos Highway.

Only light vehicles are allowed to pass the route because of tunnels in Tadiangan that cannot accommodate taller vehicles like trucks.

Of late, countless motorists and commuters suffered from series of gridlocks that lasted for more than two hours along Aspiras-Palispis Highway after Kennon Road was closed to vehicular traffic except for residents.

Engr. Ismael Dela Cruz of the Department of Public Works and Highways-Cordillera said the recently paved highway contributes in managing the traffic flow, settles the security for travelers, and promotes other tourist spots along Asin Road. 

Construction of the secondary highway began in 2014 and is nearing completion this year.

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