BOCAUE, Bulacan — A star-studded affair that brings key national and local leaders into one to witness the groundbreaking of the construction of the Ciudad de Victoria Interchange located in this town on Friday morning (Feb. 1).
This significant event was headed by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Mark Villar, political leaders from the House of Representatives Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the Senate represented by Sen. Joel Villanueva together with senior officers of Maligaya Development Corporation (MDC) NLEX Corporation and other local officials.
Other public officials who were present during the event were Mayor Ed Pamintuan, Cong. Miro Quimbo, Cong. Winnie Castelo, Cong. Gavini Pancho, CIBA Part List Rep. Sherwin Tugna, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nogales and Bulacan Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando.
The project amounting to P635-million will construct a four-lane road connecting the Manila North Road (MNR) and the Santa Maria-Bocaue By-pass road, bypassing the heavily congested Governor F. Halili road via the Ciudad de Victoria.
DPWH Sec. Villar said that the new road project is expected to become the long-term solution to the usual heavy traffic situation and queuing of vehicles int he Bocaue interchange.
It will also serve as infrastructure support and catalyst to further boost economic activities and industrialization in the road influence area, specifically to the towns of Santa Maria and Bocaue, Bulacan added Villar.
“The people from Bulacan understand that there is a need for an alternative road due to the heavily congested road in Governor F. Halili road in Santa Maria, Bulacan and I am delighted to share that we no longer have to worry,” Villar said.
The first phase of the project consists of the construction of two additional lanes in the existing Bocaue Municipal Road, a new 80-linear meter 2×2 lane bridge crossing the NLEX and the rehabilitation of the inner road of Philippine Arena for a total length of 1.93-km. This road segment will begin near the Bocaue Municipal Hall and will reach Santa Maria, Bulacan bypassing the heavily congested Gov. F. Halili Avenue in Bocaue.
Forming the second phase is the improvement of a 1.91-km road from Manila North Road (MNR) of MacArthur Highway to Bocaue Municipal Road and the completion of the southbound acceleration and deceleration lanes for vehicles headed to Philippine Arena. The last phase covers the construction of a 1.3-km road from the Philippine Arena to the existing Patubig Road in Marilao, Bulacan.
“The DPWH will also build new NLEX west service road to serve local traffic between Bocaue and Marilao,” Villar added.
“Masaya ako dahil ang proyektong ito ay naisakatuparan sa panahon ng aking pagsisilbi sa bayan,” Arroyo added.
DPWH Region III Director Roseller Tolentino said that the project contractor L.R. Tiqui Builders will construct the road network for 300 days with an expected date of completion on November 17, 2019.
“The new road project, which also serves as an Entry/Exit Toll Gate of the North Luzon Expressway (North and South Bound), will also construct an 80-linear meter acceleration/deceleration lane in its northbound lane vehicles entering the exiting the expressway,” Tolentino added. (RONDA Balita Online News)