Project for new Dalton Pass Road approved by PBBM, NEDA

Riding on the twisties of Dalton Pass (formerly Balete Pass) that crosses the Caraballo Mountains from Nueva Ecija to Nueva Vizcaya has always been one of the highlights when going to Cagayan Valley and nearby provinces.

Unfortunately, the road has already reached more than its maximum capacity in terms of vehicular volume, not to mention the poor maintenance it gets from the government. Because of this, just one accident or a landslide in the area could completely cut off the entire Region 2 to Central Luzon and Metro Manila.

PBBM OKs PHP 67.4B ‘2nd Dalton Pass’ road project image

Because of this, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) proposed a “2nd Dalton Pass” road that will be constructed on the east side of the current Dalton Pass that will serve as a bypass road.

Just recently, the NEDA Board, chaired by President Ferdinand “Bong Bong” Marcos Jr., has approved the proposed project. The project cost is PHP 67.4 billion and is targeted to be completed by 2031.

The new Dalton Pass East Alignment Road is planned to be a 2x2 lane highway that will bypass the “old” Dalton Pass Road, stretching 23 kilometers from San Jose, Nueva Ecija, to Aritao, Nueva Vizcaya.

“The project will facilitate the seamless transport of people and the delivery of essential goods and services within the region,” said NEDA Secretary Arsenio Balisacan during yesterday’s Palace briefing.