The Construction of the 5.522 kilometers road, including rock causeway and three 4-lane bridges measuring 113.5 linear meters is one of the grandest projects undertaken by the Department of Public Works and Highways Regional Office 5 and Sorsogon First District Engineering Office.
This One Billion Peso-facility is another infrastructure which is a product of the present administration’s Build, Build, Build Program.
From 2015 to 2020, a total of One Billion & 540 Million Pesos is allocated for the realization of this lengthy coastal road.
Funding started in FY 2015 under the Major Final Outputs-1 Network Development Program (Construction of Bypasses and Diversion Roads) and is expected to be completed in FY 2022 provided that fund will be continuously allocated.
At present, the construction of 4.7605 kilometers 4-lane road, including rock causeway and three 4-lane, 113.50-linear meter concrete bridges are already completed, while the remaining 0.7613 kilometer 4-lane road including rock causeway requires 365 Million Pesos to be accomplished.
Intended to decongest the heavy traffic in the main thoroughfare of Sorsogon City, this extensive coastal road with point of origin from the junction Salvador H. Escudero III Diversion Road and Daan Maharlika in Barangay Pangpang, will traverse Barangays Tugos, Peñafrancia, Cambulaga, Talisay and the Rompeolas – Sorsogon City’s central hub for food, fun, fitness and relaxation.
It will end in Barangay Balogo where an SM Supermall is being constructed, which when completed in 2021, will be the biggest mall in terms of land area in the Bicol Region.
Evidently, Sorsogon City Coastal Road has changed the landscape and altered the topography of Sorsogon City and the Province as a whole.
Now that the Sorsogon City Coastal Road opens to traffic after having been inaugurated last August 15, 2020, it is expected that travel time from the Rompeolas to Barangay Balogo will be shortened radically.
It will offer ease and comfort and a much safer travel experience; it will give us a sense of serenity with the picturesque view of Sorsogon Bay and Bulusan Volcano; it will boost the economy as it will open another gateway for economic opportunities, especially trade and tourism.
Former Senator Chiz Escudero, now Governor of Sorsogon, said the Sorsogon City Coastal Road is the best in the country. He even highlighted that it will not only serve as a road network but as a protection against storm surge or tsunami which claimed the lives of hundreds of Sorsoguenos when the intense Typhoon Sisang hit the coastal province on November 25, 1987.
Undersecretary for Regional Operations in Luzon, Rafael C. Yabut, in his inaugural message, expressed his congratulations to the implementing offices for successfully undertaking this one of a kind infrastructure project in Sorsogon.Sor