DPWH fasttracks expansion of Bulacan road project

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    Construction works for the P5.26-billion Arterial Bypass Road Project Phase 3 in Bulacan are almost halfway complete, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

    The overall accomplishment rate is now at 47.8 percent.

    “We are trying to move forward as quickly as possible to accelerate delivery of the widening from two to four lanes the entire alignment of Plaridel Bypass Road for this highway to keep up with the increasing number of vehicles,” Emil Sadain, DPWH undersecretary, said in a statement.

    According to Sadain, the road expansion project will address traffic woes triggered by the steady growth in the number of vehicles including heavy trucks using the bypass road as alternate route to Daang Maharlika Highway.

    Funded by the Philippines and the government of Japan through a Japan International Cooperation Agency loan agreement, the Arterial Bypass Road project as the final stage has enough road right-of-way space for additional two lanes since this was considered during the original planning and design phases, added Sadain.

    The arterial road alignment traversed five municipalities of Bulacan – Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos and San Rafael – bypassing the perennial traffic congestion at the core urban areas along the Philippines-Japan Friendship Highway, also called Maharlika Highway, road section of Plaridel, Pulilan and Baliuag to San Rafael.

    Widening of the first 2.22-kilometer section of the Arterial Plaridel Bypass Road, including one of Luzon’s longest bridges across Angat River in Bustos, under contract package 3 was completed in the first quarter of 2021.

    Ongoing at 43 percent is contract package 4 from Bustos to San Rafael that was awarded to Sino Road & Bridge Group Co. Ltd.

    This section, targeted for completion by January 2023, involves the construction of 7.38 km. additional two lanes of portland concrete cement pavement road, a 36.86-meter single span pre-stressed concrete deck girder bridge, seven at-grade intersections, a 318.55-meter flyover at intersection, widening of drainage, slope protection and miscellaneous works.

    Meanwhile, construction of additional two lanes for contract packages 1 and 2 from Burol, Balagtas to Bustos is also ongoing, with CM Pancho Construction Inc. as contractor.

    The project is a 24.61-km. arterial road that will link the North Luzon Expressway in Balagtas with the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway in San Rafael. It will bypass the town proper of Plaridel and the urban areas of Pulilan, Baliuag and San Rafael along the existing Maharlika Highway.