Angat Bridge completed by December

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    Construction of the P1.09-billion Angat Bridge on the Plaridel Bypass road is set to be completed this December, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

    Mark Villar, DPWH secretary, said the new two-lane bridge across Angat River in Bustos, Bulacan is nearly finished.

    “We are now wrapping up the construction of the 1.12-kilometer Angat Bridge along the Plaridel Bypass road,” said Villar.

    The project includes the construction of bridge No. 9 with a length of 40 meters and 1-km. road paving.

    To fasttrack the completion of the project, which will complement the widening of the Plaridel Bypass road from two lanes to four lanes, DPWH said it recently met with the Japan International Cooperation Agency representatives, the joint venture contractor Shimizu-FF Cruz and the project consultants to thresh out issues in the project implementation.

    Easing traffic. The Plaridel Bypass road is an alternative route to the towns of Angat, Balagtas and Pandi.

    Emil Sadain, DPWH undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office operations, said to meet the December completion target, the final concrete pouring of deck slab at the end closure between pier 17 and 18 was held last October 20.

    The new Angat Bridge, consisting of seven span pre-stressed concrete continuous box girder, is being built by balance cantilever method on a bored piles foundation.

    This new bridge and the additional two lanes roadway will address the future increase of traffic using the Plaridel Bypass Road as an alternative route to the Maharlika Highway, said Sadain.

    With about 15,000 vehicles diverted from the congestion of Maharlika Highway at the town proper of Plaridel, Pulilan and Baliuag, some sections of Plaridel Bypass road during late afternoon up to nighttime have already shown traffic build-up.

    In a related development, DPWH has signed a P3.03-billion contract for the detailed engineering design (DED) of the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge project that will start next month up to January 2022.

    Villar announced the start of the DED activities for the mega bridge project that will be carried out in the next 15 months.

    “This Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide a permanent road linkage between the two provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region in order to reduce the journey time and ease traffic congestion through Metro Manila,” said Villar.

    Sadain said the DED will be funded by an additional financing for the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility under a signed loan agreement last December 2019 between the Asian Development Bank and Department of Finance.

    The present five hours travel time will be reduced to 20 to 30 minutes at 60 km. per hour speed with the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge, Sadain added.

    Part of the government’s “Build, Build, Build” program, the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge involves the construction of a 32.15-km. four-lane bridge starting from Brgy. Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan, crossing Manila Bay and terminating in Brgy. Timalan, Naic, Cavite.