Bataan-Cavite bridge under review

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    The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is studying the feasibility of implementing the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project, amid the need to review traffic demand and to look into the project cost, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said yesterday.

    The P175.7 billion project involves the construction of two long-span bridges totaling 32.1 kilometers, and will connect the provinces of Bataan and Cavite, which are located northwest and southwest of the capital Manila.

    “The public works is still continuing to study the implementability of the project, particularly because of first we have to revalidate the demand for possible traffic of that bridge, given the effects of COVID-19,” Jonathan Uy, NEDA undersecretary, said during a virtual press briefing yesterday.

    “Secondly, the cost of the project is quite huge relative to the budget envelope that public works has,” he added.

    Last October, the DPWH signed a P3.03 billion contract for the detailed engineering design (DED) of the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge project.

    “So we are coordinating with the flagship committee, together with public works, on how we can be able to fast track the implementation of the project, notwithstanding these immediate concerns,” Uy said.

    If completed, the bridge will reduce travel time from Bataan to Cavite to 40 minutes from five hours, easing traffic on the North Luzon Expressway.

    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.