DPWH expedites work in Bulacan high-impact infra projects

Published October 2, 2022, 8:22 AM

by Chito Chavez

Several major infrastructure projects are being rushed for completion in a bid to boost the economic economic growth and provide safe and accessible roads to the public in Bulacan, the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said on Sunday, Oct. 2.

Bulacan First Engineering Office chief Henry Alcantara said among the projects being prioritized are the Bocaue-Balagtas Diversion Road, Malolos City Circumferential Road, Bustos Diversion Road and Guiguinto By-Pass Road.

The DPWH Bulacan First Engineering District Office covers the first, second and fifth congressional districts of the province.

Ernesto Galang chief of the planning and design section said that the completion of the 6.606 kilometer Bocaue-Balagtas Diversion Road involves the construction of a new road, box culverts and other feasible cost effective improvement.

The completion of the project will decongest the traffic gridlock at the Balagtas-Bocaue portion of the Manila North Road which has deteriorated through the years due to the increase in population and influx of overloaded trucks in the roadway.

Galang noted that the project is intended to provide an alternate route alongside the towns of balagtas and Bocaue in going to Bulacan where the proposed New Manila International Airport will be located.

The project was started in 2020 and is set to be completed in 2026.

Irene Ontingco Project Engineer for Bypass Roads stated that the 3.06 kilometer Malolos City Circumferential Road will link the rural areas to the urban portions of the province that will hasten the delivery of goods to the markets while providing accessibility for healthcare, education and employment opportunities in the far-flung locations of the province.

The project involves the construction of a new road, two major box culverts, cross drains, slope protection and other cost effective improvement works.

Another major infrastructure undertaking of the office is the 3.845 kilometer Bustos Diversion Road project which involves the construction of a new road, box culvert, and other feasible cost effective engineering works.

Started in 2020 and slated to be finished in 2025, the project will interconnect the towns of Norzagaray, Angat and Bustos which will decongest the General Alejo Highway and reduce travel time by an average of 30 minutes.

The 3.670 kilometer Guiguinto Bypass Road intends to address the severe traffic congestion in two primary national roads namely the Daang Maharlika Highway and Plaridel Bypass Road particularly at the section of the Sta. Ines and Tabang Exits.

Although Daang Maharlika is a national road, the highway is relatively narrow causing horrendous traffic and slow movement of vehicles.

When completed, motorists coming from Plaridel town and farther north bound for manila will be spared from heavy traffic at the Sta. Rita and Tabang Exits where travel time will be faster by 30 percent.

The construction of the project was started in 2019 and is expected to be completed in 2028. (Chito A. Chavez)