DPWH completes Angat River Bridge widening project in Bulacan
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark Villar has announced the completion of the widening of the Angat River Bridge in Bulacan. The said 2.22-kilometer section of the Plaridel Bypass Road in the Province of Bulacan was expanded from two to four lanes.
According to the DPWH Secretary, the newly completed infrastructure was built parallel to the two-lane two-way Angat Bridge (Bridge No. 8), one of the longest bridges in the Philippines with a total length of 1.12 kilometers.
The Plaridel Bypass Road Project was carried out by DPWH Unified Project Management Office — Roads Management Cluster 1 (UPMO-RMC 1) and is one of the flagship projects of the government to reduce travel time in the region.
The project aims to alleviate the present traffic situation with about 15,000 vehicles diverted to the Plaridel Bypass, going past several towns of Bulacan and decongesting the traffic at Pan-Philippine Highway (PPH).
A final inspection was conducted on the 2.22-kilometer widened section by Secretary Villar together with Undersecretary for UPMO Operations Emil Sadain and UPMO RMC 1 Project Managers Benjamin Bautista and Basilio Elumba.
Undersecretary Sadain said that the CP-3 of ARBP-Phase 3, which cost P1.092 billion, was funded by the derived project savings from ARBP-Phase 2 financed by a loan agreement between the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Japan (GOJ) through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) under PH-P250 and a new loan agreement also with JICA under PH-P266.
The contract package is said to cover portions of Brgy. Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan up to Brgy. Tambubong, San Rafael, Bulacan.
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