MANILA—The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said that the Package 3 of the Plaridel Bypass Road Phase II, is set to be finished by June.
According to DPWH Mark Villar, as of Jan. 30, 2017, Package 3 of the bypass road is 86.16 percent complete.
“The Plaridel Bypass Road is an arterial road of 24.61 km that will link the NLEX in Balagtas, Bulacan with the Maharlika Highway in San Rafael, Bulacan,” he said in a statement.
He added, “We will maintain 24/7 operations in the area to meet our project deadline. We will continue to do so until the project is completed.”
The project will reduce travel time by about 45 to 50 mins and will divert about 15,000 vehicles from existing road networks. Travel distance will also be shortened by about 5 kilometers.
“It will bypass the town proper of Plaridel and urban areas of Pulilan and Baliuag along the existing Maharlika Highway, to alleviate the perennial traffic congestion at the core urban areas along the Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway road section from Plaridel to San Rafael, Bulacan,” Villar said.
The DPWH chief noted that the public will have full access to the entire project by July 2018.
The Plaridel Bypass Road starts at Barangay Borol in Balagtas along the North Expressway and will connect the Maharlika Highway in Barangay Maasim, San Rafael, Bulacan.
It bypasses the vast agricultural lands of five municipalities in Bulacan namely Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos and San Rafael.
When completed, the bypass would include the construction of 11 bridges, 2 interchanges, 5 overpasses, and 1 intersection. The project includes the construction of two service roads, one each side along the Toll Road, along section Burol to Angat River.