The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is building a bridge that will link Bataan to Cavite province.
DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar said the agency started the detailed engineering design (DED) activities for the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project that will be carried out in the next 15 months.
“This Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide a permanent road linkage between the two provinces in Central Luzon and Southern Tagalog Region in order to reduce the journey time and ease traffic congestion through Metro Manila,” Villar said.
The Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project involves the construction of a 32.15 kilometers four lane (two lanes each direction) bridge starting from Barangay Alas-asin in Mariveles, Bataan crossing Manila Bay and terminating in Barangay Timalan, Naic, Cavite.
Other than reduce travel time and lower vehicle operating costs, the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge Project will provide opportunities for expansion outside Metro Manila for economic growth as well as support development of seaports of Cavite and Bataan as premier international shipping gateway to the country, Secretary Villar added.
As authorized through a memorandum by Secretary Villar, Undersecretary for Unified Management Office Operations (UPMO) Emil K. Sadain signed on Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The contract agreement of consulting services for the DED amounting P3.03 billion was signed last October 20 with the bid winning consultants procured by Asian Development Bank.
The DED scheduled from November 2020 to January 2022 will be funded by an additional financing for the Infrastructure Preparation and Innovation Facility (IPIF) under a signed loan agreement last December 2019 between the ADB and Department of Finance.
The present five hours travel time will be reduced to 20 to 30 minutes with 60 kilometer per hour speed with the Bataan-Cavite Interlink Bridge.
It involves construction of two navigation bridges – the North Channel Bridge and South Channel Bridge with main span of 400 meters and 900 meters, respectively.
The proposed bridge project is composed of the following: Package 1 – Bataan Land Viaduct (5.04 km), Package 2 – Northern Marine Viaduct (8.0 km), Package 3 – Southern Marine Viaduct (12.6 km), Package 4 – Approach Viaducts to Northern and Southern Navigation Channel Bridges (2.6 km), Package 5 – Navigation Channel Bridges (2.6 km), Package 6 – Cavite Land Viaduct (1.31 km), and Package 7 – Ancillary Buildings.