Manila Bulletin

‘Plar­idel By­pass’ project ex­pected to fur­ther spur eco­nomic growth

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BUSTOS, Bu­la­can (PNA) – Pro­vin­cial of­fi­cials are op­ti­mistic that the com­ple­tion of the ar­te­rial road by­pass project, also known as the “Plar­idel By­pass,” will spur more growth and devel­op­ment in the north eastern part of the prov­ince.

Gov. Wil­helmino M. Sy-Al­varado and Vice Gov. Daniel Fer­nando were briefed by project en­gi­neers of the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) dur­ing an on-site in­spec­tion of the project area in Barangay Malamig here.

En­gi­neer Vir­gilio Castello, project di­rec­tor of the Road Man­age­ment Clus­ter 1 of DPWH, said Phase 3 of the project is 70 per­cent com­plete and will be fin­ished on June 27 this year, while Phase 4 will be com­pleted in July 2018 or ear­lier.

Castello said the by­pass road is an ar­te­rial road of 24.61 kilo­me­ters that will link the North Lu­zon Ex­press­way (NLEX) with the Philip­pines-Ja­pan Friend­ship High­way, which is also known as the “Ma­har­lika High­way,” that tra­verses the cen­tral part of Lu­zon.

“It will com­plete the re­main­ing seg­ments of the Plar­idel By­pass Road in or­der to ad­dress the peren­nial traf­fic con­ges­tion at the core-cen­ters and in­ter­con­nec­tion point of the NLEX with the Ma­har­lika high­way in Plar­idel, Bu­la­can,” he ex­plained.

Ital­ian project en­gi­neer Guis­seppe Mirabito, a project con­sul­tant from Switzer­land-based Re­nardet S. A. Con­sult­ing En­gi­neers, said Phase 3 of the project also in­clude the 1.121 kilo­me­ters bridge that con­nects Phase 1 and 2 seg­ments of the by­pass road and will link the road from Barangay Malamig in this town to Barangay Maasim in San Rafael town by June 27, this year.

Cen­tral Lu­zon DPWH Re­gional Di­rec­tor Alfredo Molano said con­struc­tion of the project is be­ing done 24/7 and will be com­pleted on time.

Once com­pleted, Molano said travel dis­tance will be short­ened by about five kilo­me­ters.

“About 15,000 ve­hi­cles will be di­verted to the Plar­idel By­pass road, de­con­gest­ing the nag­ging traf­fic at the Ma­har­lika High­way,” Molano added.

Al­varado com­mended the fast work be­ing un­der­taken by the project en­gi­neers.

“The work is on time. Once com­pleted, it will usher more growth and devel­op­ment for Bu­la­can and the rest of Lu­zon, in­clud­ing Metro Manila be­cause it will boost tourism. Fast de­liv­ery of agri­cul­ture prod­ucts to ur­ban cen­ters and open job op­por­tu­ni­ties,” the gov­er­nor said.

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