Soon to Open(?):Binan – Sta Rosa Access Road

As usual, I’m off to a slow start with blogging this 2014. I would like to start with a good news though – a construction of a new road that might just help make traffic lighter in my neighborhood.

BNN-SRAccesRd_coverIt was early January when the sign was put up. A week later, construction has begun. I was excited and impatient so I investigated. Here’s what I found out.

I made a few calls (actually a lot since I got a lot of runaround) to various offices of the City of Binan, City of Sta Rosa and SM. As what you might expect from people you talk to on the phone, I got little info. Nobody knew anything! Perhaps the only useful information I got was that THE ROAD ALREADY EXISTS!

When completed, it will cut the cut the 6-km travel from Sta Rosa to Mamplasan Exit to just 3 kms with possibly much, much lighter traffic.

When completed, it will cut the cut the 6-km travel from Sta Rosa to Mamplasan Exit to just 3 kms with possibly much lighter traffic.

So, when I got off of work during a sunny-but-chilly afternoon, I went looking for this road. A few slums community and a single-track rough road later, I found it!

BNN-SRAccesRd_existingroadFirst thing I noticed is how “old” it is. It has obviously been there for a while. Next thing I noticed was a center island barrier between the two lanes (one in each direction). Hmm, no passing. A shoulder road is non-existent too. Cut the grass you say? It’s not going to help since the road is ELEVATED from the field for 2 feet at least and sometimes as high as 6 feet.  Sure, the road won’t get flooded, but if a car breaks down…

The road cuts through rice fields..

The road cuts through rice fields..

I drove towards Binan and ended up just a few meters from the road in front of UNILAB and a stone’s throw away from the fences of Brentville International School.

..jus a few bags of cement more...

..just a few bags of cement more…

from the other side.

from the other side.

I turned around and started heading the other way towards Sta Rosa to see what the other end looks like. I can clearly see Robinson’s, New Sinai Hospital and SM Sta Rosa as I get nearer. And nearer is what I really got.

This is SM City Sta Rosa parking lot.

This is SM City Sta Rosa parking lot.

Exit road at the back of SM leading to the National Highway.

Exit road at the back of SM leading to the National Highway. But not yet opened for the public.

So, this access road is basically complete. It’s only roughly 500 meters shy of being completed end-to-end. Some grass to trim, a few light poles to be fitted with bulbs, and some road markings and it’s all good to go.

BNN-SRAccesRd_trafficUntil then, I would have to continue fighting for sharing the road with these cages in the long line of traffic.

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About Dom de la Torre

The rider is a 20-something Filipino that rides a Honda Wave 125cc underbone. He knows little about motorcycles yet loves the experience going places on two wheels. Rider Ako is a motorcycle-slash-travel blog. The rider not only shares to you travel destinations and what to see there but also the experience of getting there. You will read about the thrills and adventure when he rides solo, the romance of riding in tandem, the camaraderie riding with a group, the excitement participating in events, and anything that he thinks you might find interesting.When he's broke and the fuel's empty, he will share stories about motorcycling how he sees it through his helmet visor.
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5 Responses to Soon to Open(?):Binan – Sta Rosa Access Road

  1. marlon terbio says:

    Nice tip.. im from sta.rosa area..

  2. Jazon says:

    its now open…

  3. Anton Nimos says:

    I would like to add here that as of 2015-06-08, the entrance to this road in SM Sta. Rosa is closed Monday – Friday, 4 PM – 7 PM and 7 PM – 10 PM. It is always open when entering from Binan, and on Saturdays and Sundays.

  4. Kisses Manabat says:

    Do you happen to know whose project is this? This road is not helping anymore. It’s causing too much traffic now.

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