Angeles-Magalang Bypass Road now open 

Pampanga First District Congressman Carmelo ‘ Jon’ Lazatin II; Angeles City Mayor Carmelo ‘Pogi’ Lazatin Jr.; Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting; DPWH- 3 Regional Dir. Joseller Tolentino; ARD Denise Maria Ayag; DPWH- Pampanga 3rd DEO DE Arleen Beltran; ADE Arnold Ocampo; HausLand CEO Willie Tan; Jumbo Jenra president Eddie Tan and barangay officials lead Tuesday’s inauguration of the P245-million Angeles-Magalang Bypass Road. The two- and four-lane road, bridge and bypass will solve the heavy traffic problem at the intersection of Magalang and Angeles and will cut travel time going to and from Balibago. (Contributed Photo)

ANGELES CITY – The 2.605-kilometer Angeles-Magalang Bypass Road, which serves as an alternate route for motorists coming from Magalang to Angeles City and vice versa, was inaugurated on March 1, Tuesday.

According to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), construction of the new bypass began in 2019 after the national government funded the implementation of the first five connecting projects which included the improvement of the EPZA Diversion Road that connects to Angeles-Magalang Road.

DPWH Pampanga 3rd District Engineering Office Assistant District Engineer Arnold Ocampo said two more projects, including construction of an 88-meter two-lane bridge crossing North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), which is considered an integral part of this bypass road project, also began in 2020.

By 2022, all seven parts of the project have been completed and are now benefiting the public.

“Motorists will now experience ease of traffic in the congested area of Pulung Maragul Rotonda in Angeles City. Those coming from Angeles-Magalang-Mabalacat Road, NLEX, Balibago, and Magalang now have an alternate route if they are going to Angeles City or Clark,” Ocampo furthered.

Meanwhile, District Engineer Arleen Beltran highlighted the importance of accessible infrastructure projects for improving Pampanga’s traffic management system.

“With the completion of this bypass road, motorists can now enter or exit through Aniceto-Gueco, saving them at least 30 minutes of travel time,” the official said.

The P245-million project also includes the construction of retaining walls and concrete slope protection on both approaches of the NLEX Overpass, construction of box culverts in Pulung Cacutud, and provision of road safety devices such as guardrails, hazard markers, and pavement markings.