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Bulacan Bypass Road Widening is “going forward fast”

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The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported on Tuesday that work is progressing quickly to enlarge the arterial (Plaridel) bypass road connecting the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway or Daang Maharlika in Bulacan province from two to four lanes.

Undersecretary Emil Sadain stated that three contract packages are currently in progress to build two new westbound travel lanes from NLEX at station 34 + 900 in Barangay Burol, Balagtas town to station 57 + 366 in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael town. This was stated in his inspection report to DPWH Secretary Manuel Bonoan.

The PHP5.26 billion project, which is financed by a loan agreement between the Philippine government and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), includes concrete paving on new lanes, drainage structure installation, the building of eight bridges and three flyovers, slope protection, and other structures.

On Monday, Sadain, who is in charge of all of the DPWH’s flagship projects, performed an inspection, paying particular attention to the 7.70-kilometer contract package 4 in San Rafael town. They were joined by Project Director Benjamin Bautista, Project Managers Basilio Elumba, and Hermie Sablan.

The 318-meter Flyover No. 4 at the intersection along Kalsadang Bago is part of the contract package under Sino Road & Bridge Group Co. Ltd that is 90% finished.

On the other hand, the 12.27 km stretch between Barangay Tiaong in Guiguinto town and Barangay Bonga Menor in Bustos town, covered by contract packages 1 and 2, is 42 percent finished.

If all goes as planned, Sadain stated in a statement, “the road widening activities for the full project alignment will be completed during the last quarter of 2023.”

The westbound two-lane 1.12-kilometer Angat Bridge, one of the longest bridges in Luzon, was one of the 2.22-kilometer sections of contract package 3 that the DPWH previously finished upgrading from two lanes to four lanes.

In order to meet the increased load requirement, it also began work on repairing or replacing defective concrete on a patch of paved road that was finished in phases 1 and 2.

The five Bulacan municipalities that the road network crosses, namely, Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos, and San Rafael, have gradually benefited economically as a result. The area has been transformed into commercial and industrial hubs, creating jobs and connecting people to key employment areas, and luring more businesses to the eastern part of Bulacan and the nearby province of Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon.

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