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DPWH to complete widening of Plaridel Bypass

The widening works from two-lanes to four-lanes of the portion of the 24.61-kilometer Arterial (Plaridel) By-Pass Road in the Province of Bulacan is almost complete.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in a statement disclosed that the two additional road lanes will alleviate the slow traffic movement due to increasing volume of vehicles utilizing the existing two way-two lane bypass road that connected North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Burol, Balagtas with Daang Maharlika Highway in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael.

The widening of 1.063-kilometer road and construction of two-lane two bridges adjacent to existing bridges namely Angat Bridge (Bridge No. 8) and 40.86 linear meter Bridge No. 9 under Contract Package 3 of the Arterial (Plaridel) Bypass Road Phase 3 will be fully completed by end of March 2021.

The additional two more lanes for the 2.22-kilometer portion of existing bypass road are ready for inauguration anytime next month and motorists will soon be able to freely use this section.

The widening of Plaridel Bypass Road will cut the average travel time of about 15,000 motorists per day between Burol, Balagtas and Maasim, San Rafael in Bulacan from 69 minutes to 24 minutes.

With a total cost P1.092 billion, Contract Package 3 was funded by the derived project savings from Arterial (Plaridel) Bypass Road Phase 2 financed by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

DPWH to resume refitting of Quezon Bridge in Quiapo

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – National Capital Region (NCR) recently held a pre-bid conference for the continuation of the retrofitting and strengthening of Quezon Bridge along Quezon Boulevard Extension in Manila.

The pre-procurement activity was conducted recently via Facebook livestream.

A total of P8.2 million from the 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA) was allocated to resume works on the old bridge which began major retrofitting in 2019. This is on top of the palliative measures previously implemented on the bridge after it sustained damage from a fire in 2014.

The scope of works for this year’s contract will cover the removal of structures and obstruction on the existing bracing, as well as on its superstructure, specifically on the structural steel, painting, rivets, working platform and pavement markings.

The retrofitting of the 256-meter Quezon Bridge will be implemented by the DPWH NCR Construction Division within 120 calendar days.

For the completion of this major retrofitting project to make Quezon Bridge earthquake-resistant, DPWH will require an estimated P160 million to implement remaining earthworks, retrofitting on the road, bridge piers, superstructure, and abutments.

Construction of great wall of Baguio City underway

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar announced that the construction of a 4.6-kilometer bypass road connecting Major Mane Road to Kennon Road, popularly known as the Great Wall of Baguio City, is in full swing.

“We are now implementing the Phase 4 of the Great Wall of Baguio City which will provide direct connection from Kennon Road to Loakan Airport without passing through the city proper of Baguio,” the secretary said.
The ongoing two-lane road project has become a local tourist destination as it provides a 360-degree breathtaking view of the Benguet mountain range.

The project involves construction of concrete road with sidewalk and gutter as well as retaining wall to protect motorists from landslides.

According to Villar, the bypass road implemented in six phases is right on track for completion in 2023 following the completion of 3.07 kilometers under the first three phases.

Upon completion, the road will also provide additional safe routes to the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA), Philippine Military Academy, Balatoc, and Philex Mines aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the City of Pines.

Enchanted River road spurs economic growth in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur

Locals and tourists are already reaping the benefits of NRJ-Dumagnon-Enchanted River-Baculin Road in Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as construction by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) progresses.

Aside from the majestic Enchanted River, tourists have also gained new options in their quest for adventure and relaxation provided by the new access road.

The multi-year project involves 12.192-kilometers of road and three bridges with a total combined length of 356 lineal meters, namely: Dumagnon Bridge, Cambatong Bridge, and Port Lamon Bridge.

Part of the ongoing project covers the construction of Port Lamon Bridge which involves 1049.40 square meters of concrete bridge with a length of 110 meters, and construction of 8.6-lane kilometer road.

The bridge project under Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 is 93.6% completed and is set for completion by the end of this month.

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