DPWH fast tracks Plaridel bypass

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DPWH fast tracks Plaridel bypass
The 7.74 kilometer contract package 4 is more than 96% complete and will be fully finished by April 2023. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Hghways.
  • The Department of Public Works and Highways is fast-tracking implementation of the Plaridel Bypass Road to further improve access in the eastern part of Bulacan
  • The 7.74 kilometer contract package 4 is more than 96% complete and will be fully finished by April 2023

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is fast-tracking implementation of the Plaridel Bypass Road that will further improve access and increase economic activity in the eastern part of Bulacan.

DPWH senior undersecretary Emil K. Sadain, in a statement, said manpower and equipment of two civil work contractors are working full blast on the construction of additional two lanes for the final stage of the 22.46-kilometer Japan International Cooperation Agency-funded Arterial Road Bypass Project Phase 3, more commonly known as Plaridel Bypass Road.

The construction of two new westbound travel lanes from North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Burol, Balagtas to Barangay Maasim, San Rafael will bring economic benefits considering the areas have transformed into commercial and industrial centers creating jobs for the people of Bulacan and adjacent province of Nueva Ecija in Central Luzon, Sadain said during project inspection.

He noted significant progress of the project, particularly at the 7.74 kilometer contract package 4, construction of which is more than 96%. Full completion is expected in April 2023.

Other than concrete paving works with a thickness of 35-centimeter on a 20-centimeter cement treated base, contract package 4 involves construction of single span 37-meter Bridge No. 8 and a 318-meter Flyover No. 4.

Contract package 4 is being implemented by China-based Sino Road and Bridge Group Co. Ltd.

Both the bridge and flyover are substantially complete after interventions were made to resolve problems encountered by the project particularly on the hauling of aggregates and other construction materials.

Contractor CM Pancho Construction Inc., meanwhile, was urged to expedite the construction works for the 12.5-kilometer contract packages 1 and 2 by taking advantage of favorable weather condition with simultaneous implementation of activities on different sites.

More than 7.7-kilometer or about 61% of the portland concrete cement paving works for contract packages 1 and 2 are complete to date.

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