The implementation of the 60-kilometer bicycle lane project along national roads in Bacolod City with a budget of P60 million is now ongoing, Bacolod District Engineer Abraham Villareal said yesterday.
Villareal said the budget includes the installation of several road signs, painting of existing roads, and removal of illegal structures along the highways.
He said the bicycle lanes are located on both sides of the road along the Bacolod Circumferential Road, north and south Circumferential roads, Bacolod San Carlos Road, and Sum-ag–Abuanan roads.
Ferdinand Magada, DPWH Chief of Construction Section, said a bike lane costs P2.6 million per kilometer.
Villareal said a multi-task force has been formed to remove obstructions along the highway, including illegally parked vehicles.
It is composed of representatives from the DPWH, Highway Patrol Group, Bacolod Traffic Authority Office, Land Transportation Office, and Bacolod City Legal Office, he said.
Villareal said they conducted an operation against illegal structures and other obstructions last January 7 to give out warnings.
They will start removing illegal structures or obstructions and also tow illegally parked vehicles along the highway next time they conduct an operation, he said.
They hope a city ordinance or resolution will be passed by the Sanggunian to empower the task force to remove obstructions along the highways, Villareal said.
Bacolod City has an existing ordinance establishing bike lanes or bike friendly zones along Burgos Street-Circumferential Road up to Brgy. Alangilan and Bacolod-Murcia Road, Brgy. Alijis to Bacolod-Murcia boundary, and Brgy. Mansilingan, authored by Councilor Em Legaspi-Ang and co-authored by former councilor Roberto Rojas.*
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