Tugade claims that the 38-kilometer PNR Clark Phase 1 project is on schedule
According to Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade, the building of the 38-kilometer Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase I project is on schedule, with an overall progress rate of over 50%.
Tugade and Governor Daniel Fernando paid a visit to the Balagtas Station site in Barangay Borol 1st, which is part of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR) Project in this town, and observed the continuing work.
The railway’s construction began in February 2019 and is projected to be finished in the second quarter of 2024, according to him.
In an interview with the Philippine News Agency, Tugade said, “It is regarded to be one of the first big uses of the span by bridge approach here in the Philippines for infrastructure projects.”
According to him, the package includes a 14-kilometer viaduct with three stations: Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos.
The planned PNR train will be built on top of a raised concrete segment with piers spanning 40 to 50 meters.
“The Span by Span and Balanced Cantilever Construction Method will be used to link the viaducts of the piers. “We used 60 to 70 ton precast concrete box girders that were cast here at our Calumpit Yard,” Tugade said.
According to Abigail Verzosa, quantity surveyor manager of Sumitomo Mitsui Corp., the project’s contractor, the 22 spans, which span about one kilometer, have already been launched.
“We have already finished the foundation works for the three construction stations, namely Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos City. We are currently constructing the platform level at the Balagtas station. She said, “Structural steel roof framework is currently under preparation for its debut in the coming months.”
The foundation work at the Guiguinto station has been finished, according to Verzosa, and they are currently moving upward on the station’s structural construction. The two remaining 50-meter-long launching gantries have also been begun.
The PNR Clark North 1 will have a depot at Valenzuela Station, and its trains will go via Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, and Guiguinto before arriving at Malolos City.
The project has a total budget of PHP106 billion, of which PHP93 billion came from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICAOfficial )’s Development Assistance (ODA), and PHP13 billion came from the Philippine government.
The PNR Clark Phase I will go through Manila, Caloocan, and Valenzuela, as well as the towns of Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Malolos City.
The rail service will serve 300,000 people every day once it is finished, cutting travel time between Malolos City and Tutuban from one hour and 30 minutes to only 35 minutes.