BUSTOS, Bulacan, May 1 (PNA) — Construction for the 24.61-kilometer Plaridel Bypass Road has been completed and a soft launching was held on Monday afternoon at the Bustos section of the project.
The road project traverses the municipalities of Balagtas, Guiguinto, Plaridel, Bustos and San Rafael and linked it to the North Luzon Expressway interchange in Barangay Burol 2nd in Balagtas town were completed in 2014.
The soft launching was attended by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Mark Villar, Transportation Sec. Arthur, Tugade, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, Japanese Minister for Land, Infra, Transport and Tourism Keichi Ishi and Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Koji Haneda.
The Bustos to San Rafael section of the project will be opened to motorists in two weeks’ time.
Plaridel Bypass Road (also known as the Japan-Philippine Friendship Highway or JPFH) serves as a key link to the growth corridor connecting the eastern part of Bulacan to Nueva Ecija, improving access to agricultural zones of Central Luzon. It also provides a direct link between Region 3 to Metro Manila.
With the completion of the 24.61-kilometer two-lane road project comprising two phases, Sec. Villar also led the groundbreaking ceremony of the expansion of the Plaridel Bypass Road, from a two-lane road network to a four-lane road.
“The new expansion project will cost more than P1-Billion and is expected to be finished within 2-3 years,” Villar said.
The third phase of the project is under JICA Loan No. PH-P266 signed in February 2018 will upgrade and expand the entire bypass road of 24.61km completed under Phase I and Phase II from two lanes to four lanes.
The said road project was financed through the Official Development Assistance (ODA) loans from the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) consisting of four contract packages being implemented under three phases. (RONDA Balita Online News)
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