Plaridel Bypass Road widening completed

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Expanded 2.22-kilometer section of the Plaridel Bypass Road. Photo from the Department of Public Works and Highways.
  • The widening of the 2.22km section of the Plaridel Bypass Road to four lanes from two is complete
  • Part of the completed section is the additional two-lane bridge parallel to the Angat Bridge
  • The widened section is covered by contract package 3 of the Arterial Road Bypass Project Phase 3

Widening of the 2.22-kilometer section of the Plaridel Bypass Road to four lanes from two is now complete, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced.

Part of the completed section is the additional two-lane bridge parallel to the completed two-way, two-lane Angat Bridge (Bridge No. 8), Public Works Secretary Mark Villar said.

The 2.22 km widened section is covered by contract package (CP) 3 of the Arterial Road Bypass Project (ARBP) Phase 3.

Public Works undersecretary for Unified Project Management Office Operations Emil Sadain said the P1.092 billion cost of the CP 3 was funded by the derived project savings from ARBP-Phase 2, which was financed by a loan agreement between the Philippine and Japanese governments through the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The contract package covers station 47+400 in Brgy. Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan up to station 49+625 in Brgy. Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan.

It involves construction of Bridge No. 8, a pre-stressed concrete continuous box girder built through balance cantilever method; a 1.063-km pavement of portland concrete cement with seven meters of carriageway and 2.50 meters of shoulder on both sides; 40.86-meter Bridge No. 9 on pre-cast concrete pile foundation; extension of one underpass at approach “A” of Bridge No. 8; and extension of drainage, slope protection and miscellaneous works.

ARBP-Phase 3 involves widening the entire 24.61-km bypass road from North Luzon Expressway in Balagtas to San Rafael, Bulacan from two lanes to four. This is to divert about 15,000 vehicles to the Plaridel Bypass, bypassing several towns of Bulacan and decongesting traffic on the Pan-Philippine Highway.