Manila Bulletin

Wider Angat River Bridge in Bulacan done — Villar

- By BETHEENA UNITE

Improvemen­t works that aim to add a lane on both directions of the Angat River Bridge in Bulacan has been completed, the Department of Public Works and Highways announced Wednesday, April 21.

From only a lane on both directions, the 1.22-kilometer bridge now has a total of four lanes--two lanes on both directions, Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar said.

The secretary further said that in order to widen the bridge, they built another bridge parallel to the twoway, two-lane Angat Bridge that was completed in 2018.

The bridge is part of the Plaridel Bypass Road, which serves as an alternate route for Maharlika Highway.

The widening project is covered by contract package (CP) 3 of the Arterial Road Bypass Project (ARBP) Phase 3, which has a total funding of ₱1.092 billion financed by a loan agreement between the Philippine­s and the Government of Japan (GOJ) through Japan Internatio­nal Cooperatio­n Agency (JICA).

According to Undersecre­tary Emil Sadain, ARBP-Phase 3 involves the widening from two lanes to four lanes of the entire 24.61-kilometer bypass road from NLEX in Balagtas to San Rafael, Bulacan to cope with present traffic situation.

About 15,000 vehicles have been diverted to the Plaridel Bypass since its completion, bypassing several towns of Bulacan and decongesti­ng the traffic at Pan-Philippine Highway.

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