3 firms undertake construction of bypass road in Bulacan

A July 8, 2011 press release by the Department of Public Works and Highways

Three project contractors will share expertise and resources in undertaking the 7.53-kilometer contract package 2 segment of the Plaridel By-Pass Road Project in Bulacan of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The joint venture group of C.M. Pancho Construction Inc., J.E. Manalo & Co., Inc., and D.M. Consunji Inc. has commenced work for the road project traversing Barangay Bulihan, Plaridel toward Bustos, Bulacan.

Costing P543 million, the project is financed under a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) with the DPWH-Philippine Japan Highway Loan-Project Management Office (DPWH-PJHL-PMO) alongside with Katahira & Engineers International implementing and supervising the project.

The project involves Portland-cement concrete paved 30 millimeters thick and 7 meters wide with a 2.50 meter-wide shoulder on each side.

The contract includes the construction of six pre-stressed concrete deck girder bridges and one reinforced concrete deck girder bridge with a total length of 241 lineal meters. It also includes the installation of drainage facilities, slope protection works, and other miscellaneous activities.

DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, together with Assistant Secretary Emil K. Sadain, Project Implementation Officers for Official Development Assistance-funded project, said that work is in progress in areas with an initial set of permits to enter, as Secretary Rogelio L. Singson has directed for them to expedite construction activities to accomplish the project before the loan closing period of July 2012 .

To expedite the project, continuous meetings and dialogues with concerned land owners and representatives from the DPWH Bulacan 1st District Engineering Office are being conducted in order to resolve road right of way problems.

Meanwhile, construction of a new interchange and ramps along North Luzon Expressway in Barangay Burol, Balagtas, Bulacan, under contract package 1 of the Plaridel By-Pass Road Project, has reached 83 percent completion to date

The project, under contract with E.C. De Luna Construction at a cost of P1.570 billion, also involves construction of a toll plaza and a reinforced concrete box underpass as farm crossing, concrete paving of a 6.87-kilometer roadway traversing the municipalities of Balagtas, Guiguinto, and Plaridel, and a 2.40 kilometer access road to link with the Philippine Japan Friendship Highway or Daang Maharlika, the national arterial road connecting Central Luzon to the Cagayan Valley Region.

The construction of the steel arch toll plaza, the supervision of its building and including its facilities and bridge interchange, is in accordance with the specifications of NLEX operator, Manila North Tollways Corporation.

The completion of the Plaridel By-Pass Road Project packages 1 and 2, which is part of the Aquino administration’s vision of easing traffic congestion along the vicinity of core urban areas, is expected to reduce travel time of motorists and commuters bound for other parts of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, and the Cagayan Valley region by 20 minutes.